Katell Berthelot
Aix-Marseille University

Prof. Katell Berthelot is a CNRS Professor within the University of Aix-Marseille, France. She holds a Ph.D. from Sorbonne University, dealing with the accusations of misanthropy against the Jews in Antiquity and the Jewish responses to these charges. It was published as Philanthrôpia judaica: Le débat autour de la “misanthropie” des lois juives dans l’Antiquité (Brill, 2003). Berthelot’s research focuses on the history of Jews and Judaism in the Greco-Roman world. Other books are In Search of the Promised Land? The Hasmonean Dynasty Between Biblical Models and Hellenistic Diplomacy (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2018), which analyzes Hasmonean rule in light of biblical and Hellenistic models of war and kingship, and her most recent monograph, Jews and their Roman Rivals: Pagan Rome’s Challenge to Israel (Princeton University Press, 2021), which won the National Jewish Book Award in the category “Scholarship” in 2021. In 2014–2019, she coordinated an international research program funded by the European Research Council (ERC), on the impact of the Jews’ encounter with the Roman Empire on Jewish thought (

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January 18, 2023

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