Art and Judaism in the Greco-Roman World: Toward a New Jewish Archaeology

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Cambridge University Press, 2005 - Religion - 267 pages
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Art and Judaism During the Greco-Roman Period explores the Jewish experience with art during the Greco-Roman period-from the Hellenistic period through the rise of Islam. It starts from with the premise that Jewish art in antiquity was a "minority" or "ethnic" art and surveys ways that Jews fully participated in, transformed, and at times rejected the art of their general environment. Art and Judaism focuses upon the politics of identity during the Greco-Roman period, even as it discusses ways that modern identity issues have sometimes distorted and at other times refined scholarly discussion of ancient Jewish material culture. Art and Judaism, the first historical monograph on ancient Jewish art in forty years, evaluates earlier scholarship even as it sets out in new directions. Placing literary sources in careful dialogue with archaeological discoveries, this "New Jewish Archaeology" is an important contribution to Judaic Studies, Religious Studies, Art History, and Classics. The Revised Edition includes a new introduction, additional images, and color plates.
  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
THE MOST UNMONUMENTAL PEOPLE OF THE WORLD MODERN CONSTRUCTIONS OF ANCIENT JEWISH ART
5
BUILDING AN ANCIENT SYNAGOGUE ON THE DELAWARE PHILADELPHIAS HENRY S FRANK MEMORIAL SYNAGOGUE AND CONST...
12
THE OLDNEW LAND JEWISH ARCHAEOLOGY AND THE ZIONIST NARRATIVE
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ARCHAEOLOGY AND THE SEARCH FOR NONRABBINIC JUDAISM
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ART HISTORY TEXTBOOKS AND THE RHETORIC OF JEWISH ARTLESSNESS
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TOWARD A NEW JEWISH ARCHAEOLOGY METHODOLOGICAL REFLECTIONS
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ART AND IDENTITY IN THE GRECOROMAN WORLD
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READING HOLISTICALLY ART AND THE LITURGY OF LATE ANTIQUE SYNAGOGUES
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LITURGY AND THE ART OF THE DURA EUROPOS SYNAGOGUE
172
SYNAGOGUE MOSAICS AND LITURGY IN THE LAND OF ISRAEL
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A LITURGICAL INTERPRETATION
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THE TORAH ITS SHRINE AND THE DECORATION OF LATE ANTIQUE PALESTINIAN SYNAGOGUES
189
THE ZODIAC SYNAGOGUE MOSAICS AND JEWISH LITURGY
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SANCTITY AND THE ART OF ANCIENT SYNAGOGUES
206
EPILOGUE
210

ART AND IDENTITY IN LATTER SECOND TEMPLE PERIOD JUDAISM THE HASMONEAN ROYAL TOMBS AT MODIIN
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ART AND IDENTITY IN LATE ANTIQUE PALESTINE THE NAARAN SYNAGOGUE
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ART AND IDENTITY IN DIASPORA COMMUNITIES IN LATE ANTIQUITY FROM ROME TO NEHARDEA
124
JEWISH SYMBOLS IN THE GRECOROMAN WORLD
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BETWEEN ROME AND JERUSALEM THE DATE PALM AS JEWISH SYMBOL
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THE LAMPS OF ISRAEL THE MENORAH AS A JEWISH SYMBOL
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NOTES
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SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY OF SECONDARY LITERATURE
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INDEX OF PRIMARY SOURCES
253
GENERAL INDEX
258
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Steven Fine is Professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University and director of the Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies.

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