Epicurus and Apikorsim: The Influence of the Greek Epicurus and Jewish Apikorsim on Judaism
This book explores the teachings of the Greek philosopher Epicurus and its connection with Jewish apikorsim, or heretics, through the centuries. Jews use the term apikorism (named after Epicurus) to mean freedom to choose your own way of life without obligation to obey religious commandments. Epicurus’ non-religious philosophy spread during the Hellenistic period to all Mediterranean cultures, including Judaism.
Professor Yaakov Malkin (Tel Aviv University) is the author of: What do Secular Jews Believe; Secular Judaism – Faith, Values, Spirituality; and Judaism without God? – Judaism as Culture, the Bible as Literature. Other works deal with Aesthetics, Rhetoric, Community, and Cinematic Arts.
Read the opening chapter of Epicurus and Apikorsim
Yaakov Malkin on “Epicurus, Apikorsim and Sherwin Wine”