"Martin Hengel presents here, in a fine English translation, an excellent, comprehensive study of the impact of Hellenism on Judaism in the intertestamental period. Hengel has mastered all the primary material and given us a new, synthetic picture of the encounter, at all its different levels."
"Hengel writes with equal mastery on the political, economic, intellectual, and religious aspects of the encounter between the Jews and the Greeks and has succeeded admirably in presenting the detailed information essential for the appraisal of the period without ever allowing the momentum of his argument to be lost."
"Hengel's fine book is a freshly thought-out and thoroughly researched study which cuts across the customary network of traditional opinion and unsubstantiated guesswork.... This will certainly be a standard work for decades to come."