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Preface List of abbreviations Part I. Introduction: 1. The geography of Palestine and the Levant in relation to its history Denis Baly 2. Numismatics Uriel Rappaport 3. Calendars and chronology Elias J. Bickerman Part II. The Persian Period: 4. The Persian empire and the political and social history of Palestine in the Persian period Ephraim Stern 5. The archaeology of Persian Palestine Ephraim Stern 6. Hebrew and Aramaic in the Persian period Joseph Naveh and Jonas C. Greenfield 7. The Jewish community in Palestine in the Persia period Peter Ackroyd 8. Prophecy and Psalms in the Persian period Gunther Wanke 9. Wisdom literature in the Persian period Harmut Gese 10. Jewish religious life in the Persian period Morton Smith 11. Persian life in the Achemenid age Mary Boyce 12. Iranian influence on Judaism: first century BCE to second century CE Shaud Shaked 13. The Diaspora: A. Babylonia in the Persian age M. Dandamayev B. The Babylonian captivity Elias J. Bickerman C. Egypt, Persian satrapy Edda Bresciani D. The Jews in Egypt Bezalel Porten Bibliographies Index Chronological table.