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Children of Abraham (Paperback): Leonard De La Guerre Children of Abraham (Paperback)
Leonard De La Guerre
R464 Discovery Miles 4 640 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Jews own and control the world How did they do it? Christianity Mohammedans Knights Hospitaler Teutonic Knights Knights Templar Assassins Freemasonry Inquisition Banking

Purity and Pollution in the Hebrew Bible - From Embodied Experience to Moral Metaphor (Hardcover): Yitzhaq Feder Purity and Pollution in the Hebrew Bible - From Embodied Experience to Moral Metaphor (Hardcover)
Yitzhaq Feder
R1,877 Discovery Miles 18 770 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In this book, Yitzhaq Feder presents a novel and compelling account of pollution in ancient Israel, from its emergence as an embodied concept, rooted in physiological experience, to its expression as a pervasive metaphor in social-moral discourse. Feder aims to bring the biblical and ancient Near Eastern evidence into a sustained conversation with anthropological and psychological research through comparison with notions of contagion in other ancient and modern cultural contexts. Showing how numerous interpretive difficulties are the result of imposing modern concepts on the ancient texts, he guides readers through wide-ranging parallels to biblical attitudes in ancient Near Eastern, ethnographic, and modern cultures. Feder demonstrates how contemporary evolutionary and psychological research can be applied to ancient textual evidence. He also suggests a path of synthesis that can move beyond the polarized positions which currently characterize modern academic and popular debates bearing on the roles of biology and culture in shaping human behavior.

Intimate Glimpses of the Rabbi's Career (Paperback): Henry Berkowitz Intimate Glimpses of the Rabbi's Career (Paperback)
Henry Berkowitz
R335 Discovery Miles 3 350 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Unlike some other reproductions of classic texts (1) We have not used OCR(Optical Character Recognition), as this leads to bad quality books with introduced typos. (2) In books where there are images such as portraits, maps, sketches etc We have endeavoured to keep the quality of these images, so they represent accurately the original artefact. Although occasionally there may be certain imperfections with these old texts, we feel they deserve to be made available for future generations to enjoy.

The Ancient Hebrew Law of Homicide (Paperback): Mayer Sulzberger The Ancient Hebrew Law of Homicide (Paperback)
Mayer Sulzberger
R333 Discovery Miles 3 330 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Unlike some other reproductions of classic texts (1) We have not used OCR(Optical Character Recognition), as this leads to bad quality books with introduced typos. (2) In books where there are images such as portraits, maps, sketches etc We have endeavoured to keep the quality of these images, so they represent accurately the original artefact. Although occasionally there may be certain imperfections with these old texts, we feel they deserve to be made available for future generations to enjoy.

Jesus Christ in the Talmud, Midrash, Zohar, and the Liturgy of the Synagogue (Paperback): Gustaf Dalman Jesus Christ in the Talmud, Midrash, Zohar, and the Liturgy of the Synagogue (Paperback)
Gustaf Dalman
R334 Discovery Miles 3 340 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Unlike some other reproductions of classic texts (1) We have not used OCR(Optical Character Recognition), as this leads to bad quality books with introduced typos. (2) In books where there are images such as portraits, maps, sketches etc We have endeavoured to keep the quality of these images, so they represent accurately the original artefact. Although occasionally there may be certain imperfections with these old texts, we feel they deserve to be made available for future generations to enjoy.

The Ancient Hebrew Tradition as Illustrated by the Monuments; A Protest Against the Modern School of Old Testament Criticism... The Ancient Hebrew Tradition as Illustrated by the Monuments; A Protest Against the Modern School of Old Testament Criticism (Paperback)
Fritz Hommel
R432 Discovery Miles 4 320 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Unlike some other reproductions of classic texts (1) We have not used OCR(Optical Character Recognition), as this leads to bad quality books with introduced typos. (2) In books where there are images such as portraits, maps, sketches etc We have endeavoured to keep the quality of these images, so they represent accurately the original artefact. Although occasionally there may be certain imperfections with these old texts, we feel they deserve to be made available for future generations to enjoy.

The JPS Jewish Heritage Torah Commentary (Paperback): Eli L. Garfinkel The JPS Jewish Heritage Torah Commentary (Paperback)
Eli L. Garfinkel
R685 Discovery Miles 6 850 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The JPS Jewish Heritage Torah Commentary shows Jews of all ages and backgrounds that the Jewish people's most significant book is not dusty and irrelevant but an eternally sacred text wholly pertinent to our modern lives. Designed to keep the attention of all readers, each lively essay is both brief enough to be read in minutes and deep and substantive enough to deliver abundant food for thought. Its cornerstone is its unique four-part meditation on the Jewish heritage. After briefly summarizing a Torah portion, the commentary orbits that portion through four central pillars of Jewish life-the Torah (Torat Yisrael), the land of Israel (Eretz Yisrael), the Jewish people (Am Yisrael), and Jewish thought (Mahshevet Yisrael)-illuminating how the four intersect and enrich one another. Furthering the Jewish thought motif, every essay ends with two questions for thought well suited for discussion settings. Each commentary can be used as the launchpad for a lesson, a sermon, a d'var Torah, or a discussion. Readers from beginners to experts will come away with new understandings of our Jewish heritage-and be inspired to draw closer to its four dimensions.

Talmudic Logic (Paperback): Andrew Schumann Talmudic Logic (Paperback)
Andrew Schumann
R502 Discovery Miles 5 020 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The Talmudic exegesis is constructed on special hermeneutic rules which have the logical meaning in fact. On the basis of this circumstance it is possible to speak about a special logical culture of the Talmud and to call the logic used there.

Exploring Jewish Literature of the Second Temple Period - A Guide for New Testament Students / Larry R. Helyer. (Paperback):... Exploring Jewish Literature of the Second Temple Period - A Guide for New Testament Students / Larry R. Helyer. (Paperback)
Larry R. Helyer
R931 Discovery Miles 9 310 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Larry R. Helyer provides an introduction and historical context for the wealth of Jewish literature outside the Hebrew Bible, and he explores the pressures, realities, questions and dreams that nurtured and provoked these written works.

The Jews of Moscow, Kiev, and Minsk - Identity, Antisemitism, Emigration (Paperback): Robert J. Brym, Rozalina Ryvkina The Jews of Moscow, Kiev, and Minsk - Identity, Antisemitism, Emigration (Paperback)
Robert J. Brym, Rozalina Ryvkina
R704 Discovery Miles 7 040 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Jews of the former Soviet Union have always been the subject of intense controversy. In the past 25 years, however, they have become more puzzling. How many of them are there? How strongly so they identify themselves as Jews? How do they perceive antisemetism in their countries? Will they leave, where will they go? Theses ate among the questions that have enlivened the discussions of Jews in republics known as the Commonwealth of Independent States. they have sparked debate because they have deep policy implications for Russia, Israel, the United States, and other countries. They are the questions which this book seeks to examine. Too little fact has informed this debate, and even less theory. Until very recently, surveys of the actual intentions, perceptions, motivations, and fears of Jews in the region were out of the question. This is now beginning to change. Here is the first book based on an on site survey of a representative sample of Jews in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). In addition to providing data in the Jews of Moscow, Kiev, and Minsk- who collectively account for 28% of all Jews residing in the three Slavic republics of the CIS- the author places the survey results in their social and historical context. He explains why ethnic distinctiveness persisted and even became accentuated in the Soviet era and also describes the position of Jews in Soviet and post-Soviet society and some of the dilemmas they face. This book will be crucial reading for anyone interested not only in the general situation of the Jews of the former Soviet Union but also in their perceptions, worldviews, and plans for the future.

The Bible: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): John Riches The Bible: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
John Riches
R232 R192 Discovery Miles 1 920 Save R40 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Very Short Introductions: Brilliant, Sharp, Inspiring The Bible is one of the world's most read and most influential books. It has provided many rules for people to live by, and has shaped our language and our shared beliefs in ways that have both drawn communities together and fueled bitter disputes and conflicts. Having played a major role in the development of Western culture, the Bible continues to exert an enormous influence over millions of lives. This Very Short Introduction explores the material, cultural, and religious history of the Bible. Looking first at how the books of the Bible came to be written down and collected as authoritative sacred texts, John Riches goes on to show how they were produced and distributed across the world, and how they have been read and interpreted by differing communities in different languages. Riches compares how Jewish and Christian communities have interpreted the same passage of the Bible, and looks at some of the strikingly varied readings a very short book like Galatians has received over 2,000 years. Finally, he explores post-colonial and feminist readings of the Bible, and concludes by surveying the uses of the Bible in art, music, poetry, and politics. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

The State of Israel in Jewish Public Thought - The Quest for Collective Identity (Hardcover): Yosef Gorny The State of Israel in Jewish Public Thought - The Quest for Collective Identity (Hardcover)
Yosef Gorny
R2,162 Discovery Miles 21 620 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

During the past two generations, Jewish public thought and discourse has differed dramatically from that of the era between the Emancipation and the Second World War. The chasm of the Holocaust and the watershed establishment of a Jewish state has radically changed the Jewish intellectual landscape. With their two largest concentrations in Israel and the United States, the Jews are no longer a European nation. Above all, the Jews, for the first time since they went into exile, have become free individuals, with the right to choose between the land of their birth and their ancestral homeland in Israel.

Are the Jews then a religious community dispersed among other nations? A community of equal citizens of various countries with their own cultural and historical identity? Or are the Jewish people a nation with its own homeland? However one answers this question, the political, socio-economic and cultural ramifications are enormous. Moreover, since world Jewry is now crisscrossed by divisions between religious and secular Jews, between groups of different cultural backgrounds, and between those living in a sovereign Jewish state and those who are citizens of other countries, it is the link between Israel and the Diaspora which confers a collective identity on this multiform entity. Yosef Gorny's central theme is Jewish public thought concerning the identity and essence of the Jewish people from the Holocaust and the establishment of the State of Israel up to the present day. Chapters address such topics as The Zionist Movement in Search of a National Role, The Zionist Movement in Quest of its Ideological Essence, The Intellectuals in Search of a Jewish Identity, The Diminishing Status of Israel as a Jewish State, Revolutionary RadicalismThe Left-Wing Jewish Student Movement, 1967-1973, Neo-Conservative Radicalism, The Alternative Zionism of Gush-Emunim, The Conservative Liberalism, and In Defense of Perpetual Zionist Revolt. Reflecting the collective thinking of Jewish intellectuals, this is a volume of interest to anyone concerned with issues of Jewish identity.

Franci's War - The incredible true story of one woman's survival of the Holocaust (Hardcover): Franci Rabinek Epstein Franci's War - The incredible true story of one woman's survival of the Holocaust (Hardcover)
Franci Rabinek Epstein 1
R396 R331 Discovery Miles 3 310 Save R65 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

What are you willing to do to survive? What are you willing to endure if it means you might live? 'Achingly moving, gives much-needed hope . . . Deserves the status both as a valuable historical source and as a stand-out memoir' Daily Express 'A story that needs to be heard' 5***** Reader Review Entering Terezin, a Nazi concentration camp, Franci was expected to die. She refused. In the summer of 1942, twenty-two-year-old Franci Rabinek - designated a Jew by the Nazi racial laws - arrived at Terezin, a concentration camp and ghetto forty miles north of her home in Prague. It would be the beginning of her three-year journey from Terezin to the Czech family camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau, to the slave labour camps in Hamburg, and finally to Bergen Belsen. Franci, a spirited and glamorous young woman, was known among her fellow inmates as the Prague dress designer. Having endured the transportation of her parents, she never forgot her mother's parting words: 'Your only duty to us is to stay alive'. During an Auschwitz selection, Franci would spontaneously lie to Nazi officer Dr Josef Mengele, and claim to be an electrician. A split-second decision that would go on to endanger - and save - her life. Unpublished for 50 years, Franci's War is an astonishing account of one woman's attempt to survive. Heartbreaking and candid, Franci finds the light in her darkest years and the horrors she faces instill in her, strength and resilience to survive and to live again. She gives a voice to the women prisoners in her tight-knit circle of friends. Her testimony sheds new light on the alliances, love affairs, and sexual barter that took place during the Holocaust, offering a compelling insight into the resilience and courage of ordinary people in an extraordinary situation. Above all, Franci's War asks us to explore what it takes to survive, and what it means to truly live. 'A candid account of shocking events. Franci is someone many women today will be able to identify with' 5***** Reader Review 'First-hand accounts of life in Nazi death camps never lose their terrible power but few are as extraordinary as Franci's War' Mail on Sunday 'Fascinating and traumatic. Well worth a read' 5***** Reader Review

God's Will and Testament - Inheritance in the Gospel of Matthew and Jewish Tradition (Hardcover): Daniel Daley God's Will and Testament - Inheritance in the Gospel of Matthew and Jewish Tradition (Hardcover)
Daniel Daley
R1,739 Discovery Miles 17 390 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Hebrew Bible expresses the Israelite belief that the Israelites were the people of God uniquely chosen from among all peoples of the earth, and that this status as elected people guaranteed them certain privileges not granted to other peoples. One of these privileges was the right to an inheritance granted by God himself-a birthright that provided a sense of God's protection and an awareness of Israel's relationship to God as a special nation. Details regarding the nature of that inheritance-what it is, who receives it, and how inheritance is obtained-appear in every strata and section of the Hebrew Scriptures, and this trajectory continues across many Second Temple Jewish texts. Yet surprisingly little scholarly attention has been focused on inheritance as a unique and crucial concept for Israelite and Jewish religious life and belief. This paucity of attention to inheritance concepts also extends to Matthew's Gospel, where inheritance terms appear on four occasions. With God's Will and Testament, Daniel Daley argues that these passages play a vital role in Matthew's overall narrative, especially concerning Matthew's depiction of true discipleship and relations between Jew and Gentile. Daley further demonstrates that numerous Jewish traditions antecedent to Matthew's Gospel influenced the writer's theology and linguistic choices, often in ways not previously appreciated by interpreters. As a relational term, inheritance signifies the beneficiary's relationship with God: because God is a father, he gives an inheritance, and because he is an eternal father, the inheritance takes on eschatological connotations to provide a hope for his children into the future. This concept is a thread that binds Matthew and his community to a wider Jewish discourse about what it means to be the people of God. In Matthew's Gospel, this inheritance, this identity as God's elect, belongs to "the ideal disciple," who commits to Jesus and his vision for "greater righteousness."

Franci's War - The incredible true story of one woman's survival of the Holocaust (Paperback): Franci Rabinek Epstein Franci's War - The incredible true story of one woman's survival of the Holocaust (Paperback)
Franci Rabinek Epstein
R215 R170 Discovery Miles 1 700 Save R45 (21%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

Discover unrelenting spirit and strength in the extraordinary true story of Franci: a woman who survived the holocaust against all of the odds 'Achingly moving, gives much-needed hope. Deserves the status both as a valuable historical source and as a stand-out memoir' Daily Express 'A story that needs to be heard' 5***** Reader Review ______ In 1942 Franci Epstein, a young Jewish woman, was imprisoned in Terezin, a concentration camp close to her home in Prague. Few could expect anything other than death. But for Franci it was the start of a journey that would take her into the very heart of Nazi genocide. Through a combination of guile, ingenuity, endurance and sheer bloody mindedness, Franci survived not one but five death camps, including Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. In this astonishing memoir, unpublished for 50 years, Franci lays bare the appalling sacrifices she and other women had to make to survive. It is a story of hope in the face of suffering; of one woman's determination to live. ______ 'First-hand accounts of life in Nazi Death camps never lose their terrible power but few are as extraordinary as Franci's War' Mail on Sunday 'Inspiring . . . Franci is someone many women today will be able to identify with' 5***** Reader Review 'Remarkable' Eva Fogelman 'A heartbreaking story of survival . . . fascinating' 5***** Reader Review 'Deeply moving and extraordinary' Helen Fremont 'Extremely moving, demonstrated amazing strength of will and determination to survive' 5***** Reader Review 'Incredible' Susannah Sirkin 'Devastating' Booklist

The Jewish Lives Project. Science (Hardcover): Abigail Morris The Jewish Lives Project. Science (Hardcover)
Abigail Morris
R562 Discovery Miles 5 620 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Outside the Bible, 3-volume set - Ancient Jewish Writings Related to Scripture (Hardcover, New): Louis H. Feldman, James L... Outside the Bible, 3-volume set - Ancient Jewish Writings Related to Scripture (Hardcover, New)
Louis H. Feldman, James L Kugel, Lawrence H. Schiffman
R6,814 R5,540 Discovery Miles 55 400 Save R1,274 (19%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

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The Hebrew Bible is only part of ancient Israel's writings. Another collection of Jewish works has survived from late- and post-biblical times, a great library that bears witness to the rich spiritual life of Jews in that period. This library consists of the most varied sorts of texts: apocalyptic visions and prophecies, folktales and legends, collections of wise sayings, laws and rules of conduct, commentaries on Scripture, ancient prayers, and much, much more.

While specialists have studied individual texts or subsections of this vast library, Outside the Bible seeks for the first time to bring together all the major components into a single collection, gathering portions of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Septuagint, the biblical Apocrypha, and Pseudepigrapha, and the writings of Philo of Alexandria and Josephus.

The editors have brought together these diverse works in order to highlight what has often been neglected; their common Jewish background. For this reason the commentaries that accompany the texts devote special attention to references to Hebrew Scripture and to issues of halakhah (Jewish law), their allusions to motifs and themes known from later Rabbinic writings in Talmud and Midrash, their evocation of recent or distant events in Jewish history, and their references to other texts in this collection.

The work of more than seventy contributing experts in a range of fields, Outside the Bible offers new insights into the development of Judaism and Early Christianity. This three-volume set of translations, introductions, and detailed commentaries is a must for scholars, students, and anyone interested in this great body of ancient Jewish writings.

The collection includes a general introduction and opening essays, new and revised translations, and detailed introductions, commentaries, and notes that place each text in its historical and cultural context. A timeline of the Second Temple Period, two appendixes (Books of the Bible; Second Temple Literature), and a general subject index complete the set.

Jewish Survival - The Identity Problem at the Close of the 20th Century (Hardcover, New): Ernest Krausz Jewish Survival - The Identity Problem at the Close of the 20th Century (Hardcover, New)
Ernest Krausz
R3,088 Discovery Miles 30 880 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

These essays address Jewish identity, Jewish survival, and Jewish continuity. The authors account for and analyze trends in Jewish identification and the reciprocal effects of the relationship between the Diaspora and Israel at the end of the twentieth century. Jewish identification in contemporary society is a complex phenomenon. Since the emancipation of Jews in Europe and the major historic events of the Holocaust and the establishment of the State of Israel, there have been substantial changes in the collective Jewish identity. As a result, Jewish identity and the Jewish process of identification had to confront the new realities of an open society, its economic globalization, and the impacts of cultural pluralism. The trends in Jewish identification are toward fewer and weaker points of attachment: fewer Jews who hold religious beliefs with such beliefs held less strongly; less religious ritual observance; attachment to Zionism and Israel becoming diluted; and ethnic communal bonds weakening. Jews are also more involved in the wider society in the Diaspora due to fewer barriers and less overt anti-Semitism. This opens up possibilities for cultural integration and assimilation. In Israel, too, there are signs of greater interest in the modern world culture. The major questions addressed by this volume is whether Jewish civilization will continue to provide the basic social framework and values that will lead Jews into the twenty-first century and ensure their survival as a specific social entity. The book contains special contributions by Professor Julius Gould and Professor Irving Louis Horowitz and chapters on "Sociological Analysis of Jewish Identity"; "Jewish Community Boundaries"; and "Factual Accounts from the Diaspora and Israel."

Jewish Lives Project. Public Service (Hardcover): Abigail Morris Jewish Lives Project. Public Service (Hardcover)
Abigail Morris; Designed by James Webb; Editing managed by David Bownes; Edited by (general) Marina Fiorato
R562 Discovery Miles 5 620 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Qumran in and around the Bible - A new perspective on the Dead Sea Scrolls (Paperback, Reissue): Joan Annandale-Potgieter Qumran in and around the Bible - A new perspective on the Dead Sea Scrolls (Paperback, Reissue)
Joan Annandale-Potgieter
R145 R134 Discovery Miles 1 340 Save R11 (8%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

In this publication new light is shed on the Qumran community, its organisational structure, its ultra conservative way of life, and how its leaders interpreted the books of the Old Testament by compiling their own commentaries. Emphasis is also placed on facilitating an understanding of references in the Gospels whilst providing an insight into a community that existed parallel to the New Testament community, and to which some of Jesus' followers could have belonged.

Qumran in en om die Bybel - 'n Nuwe blik op die Dooieseerolle (Afrikaans, Paperback, Reissue): Joan Annandale-Potgieter Qumran in en om die Bybel - 'n Nuwe blik op die Dooieseerolle (Afrikaans, Paperback, Reissue)
Joan Annandale-Potgieter
R145 R134 Discovery Miles 1 340 Save R11 (8%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

In hierdie publikasie word nuwe lig gewerp op die Qumran-gemeenskap, die struktuur waarin hulle georganiseer was en hul ultrakonserwatiewe leefwyse. Die wyse waarop hul leiers die boeke van die Ou Testament geinterpreteer het, blyk uit die kommentare wat hulle geskryf het. Hierdie publikasie help die leser om verwysings in die evangelies beter te begryp en bied insig in 'n gemeenskap wat in dieselfde tyd as die Nuwe-Testamentiese gemeenskap geleef het en waaraan sommige van Jesus se volgelinge moontlik behoort het.

Jewish Lives Project. Commerce (Hardcover): Abigail Morris Jewish Lives Project. Commerce (Hardcover)
Abigail Morris; Editing managed by David Bownes; Designed by James Webb; Edited by (general) Marina Fiorato
R564 Discovery Miles 5 640 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Once We Were Slaves - The Extraordinary Journey of a Multi-Racial Jewish Family (Hardcover): Laura Arnold Leibman Once We Were Slaves - The Extraordinary Journey of a Multi-Racial Jewish Family (Hardcover)
Laura Arnold Leibman
R494 R409 Discovery Miles 4 090 Save R85 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

An obsessive genealogist and descendent of one of the most prominent Jewish families since the American Revolution, Blanche Moses firmly believed her maternal ancestors were Sephardic grandees. Yet she found herself at a dead end when it came to her grandmother's maternal line. Using family heirlooms to unlock the mystery of Moses's ancestors, Once We Were Slaves overturns the reclusive heiress's assumptions about her family history to reveal that her grandmother and great-uncle, Sarah and Isaac Brandon, actually began their lives as poor Christian slaves in Barbados. Tracing the siblings' extraordinary journey throughout the Atlantic World, Leibman examines artifacts they left behind in Barbados, Suriname, London, Philadelphia, and, finally, New York, to show how Sarah and Isaac were able to transform themselves and their lives, becoming free, wealthy, Jewish, and-at times-white. While their affluence made them unusual, their story mirrors that of the largely forgotten population of mixed African and Jewish ancestry that constituted as much as ten percent of the Jewish communities in which the siblings lived, and sheds new light on the fluidity of race-as well as on the role of religion in racial shift-in the first half of the nineteenth century.

A Call to Majesty - The Mysteries of Shofar and Rosh Hashanah (Hardcover): Dov Ber Pinson A Call to Majesty - The Mysteries of Shofar and Rosh Hashanah (Hardcover)
Dov Ber Pinson
R895 Discovery Miles 8 950 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Class and Power in Roman Palestine - The Socioeconomic Setting of Judaism and Christian Origins (Paperback): Anthony Keddie Class and Power in Roman Palestine - The Socioeconomic Setting of Judaism and Christian Origins (Paperback)
Anthony Keddie
R632 Discovery Miles 6 320 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Anthony Keddie investigates the changing dynamics of class and power at a critical place and time in the history of Judaism and Christianity - Palestine during its earliest phases of incorporation into the Roman Empire (63 BCE-70 CE). He identifies institutions pertaining to civic administration, taxation, agricultural tenancy, and the Jerusalem Temple as sources of an unequal distribution of economic, political, and ideological power. Through careful analysis of a wide range of literary, documentary, epigraphic, and archaeological evidence, including the most recent discoveries, Keddie complicates conventional understandings of class relations as either antagonistic or harmonious. He demonstrates how elites facilitated institutional changes that repositioned non-elites within new, and sometimes more precarious, relations with privileged classes, but did not typically worsen their economic conditions. These socioeconomic shifts did, however, instigate changing class dispositions. Judaean elites and non-elites increasingly distinguished themselves from the other, through material culture such as tableware, clothing, and tombs.

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