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Stern, Menahem


STERN, MENAHEM (1925–1989), historian. Born in Poland, Stern immigrated to Israel in 1938. Stern's specialization was the period of the Second Commonwealth, and Greek and Roman texts dealing with Jews and Judaism. His main publications are Greek and Latin Authors on Judaism and Jews from Herodotus to Plutarch, (3 vols. 1974–1984); Studies in Jewish History. The Second Temple Period (Hebrew), ed. by M. Amit, I. Gafni, and M.D. Herr (1991); Hasmonean Judaea in the Hellenistic World: Chapters in Political History (Hebrew), ed. by D.R. Schwartz (1995) (published posthumously). Stern was awarded the Israel Prize in 1977 for the history of Ereẓ Israel and the Jewish people. While walking on his way to the National Library in Jerusalem, he was murdered by a terrorist on June 22, 1989.

[Emmanuelle Main (2nd ed.)]

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