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Tessa Rajak

RAJAK, TESSA (1946– ), British historian of Hellenistic and Roman-era Judaism. Born in London and educated at Oxford, Rajak became professor of ancient history at the University of Reading, a leading historian of the cultural history of the Jews in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. She is particularly known for her work on *Josephus, and is the author of Josephus: The Historian and His Society (1982) as well as The Jewish Dialogue With Greece and Rome: Studies in Cultural and Social Interaction (2000) and other works. She was the editor of The Journal of Jewish Studies.

Sources: Encyclopaedia Judaica. © 2007 The Gale Group. All Rights Reserved.