Cultural Persistence in Jewish Antiquity
By (author) Steven P. Weitzman
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Surviving Sacrilege by Steven P. Weitzman
Book DescriptionIn a world of relentless and often violent change, what does it take for a culture to survive? Steven Weitzman addresses this question by exploring the "arts of cultural persistence" - the tactics that cultures employ to sustain themselves in the face of intractable realities. Surviving Sacrilege focuses on a famously resilient culture caught between two disruptive acts of sacrilege: ancient Judaism between the destruction of the First Temple (by the Babylonians) in 586 BC and the destruction of the Second Temple (by the Romans) in 70 CE. Throughout this period Jews faced the challenge of preserving their religious traditions in a world largely out of their control - a world ruled first by the Persians, then by the Hellenistic Seleucid Kingdom, and finally by the Roman Empire. Their struggle to answer this challenge yields insight into the ingenuity, resourcefulness, and creativity of a distinctive period in Jewish history, but one with broad implications for the study of religious and cultural survival. Detecting something tenaciously self-preserving at the core of the imagination, Weitzman argues that its expression in storytelling, fantasy, imitation, metaphor, and magic allows a culture's survival instinct to maneuver within, beyond, and even against the limits of reality.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674017085
(235mm x 155mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 14-Jun-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Steven P. Weitzman
Rethinking the Messianic Idea in Judaism, Paperback (November 2014)
Over the centuries, the messianic tradition has provided the language through which modern Jewish philosophers, socialists, and Zionists envisioned a utopian future. This book helps you ask questions and provide new ways of thinking about this enduring Jewish idea.
Solomon, Hardback (April 2011)
Tradition has it that King Solomon knew everything there was to know - the mysteries of nature, of love, of God himself - but what do we know of him? Filled with the Solomonic texts of the Bible, along with lesser known magical texts and other writings, this title challenges both religious and secular assumptions.
Religion and the Self in Antiquity, Paperback (November 2005)» View all books by Steven P. Weitzman
Explores the origins, formation, and limits of the self within the religions of the ancient Mediterranean world. This book argues that the history of the self does indeed begin in antiquity, developing as Western religion itself developed.
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Author Biography - Steven P. Weitzman
Steven Weitzman is Irving M. Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies, Indiana University.
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