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Athens in Jerusalem : classical antiquity and Hellenism in the making of the modern secular Jew

Author: Yaacov Shavit; Chaya Naor
Publisher: London : Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 1997.
Series: Littman library of Jewish civilization.
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According to the author the Hellenistic tradition played a role as a model for Jewish modernisers to draw upon as they perceived a lack in Jewish culture. The author believes that Greek and  Read more...


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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Yaacov Shavit; Chaya Naor
ISBN: 1874774250 9781874774259 1874774366 9781874774365
OCLC Number: 905435984
Description: XV, 560 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Translator's Note Introduction PART I The First Mirror 1 Waking the Dead-Greece as an Ideal and an Exemplar 2 Hellenism and Hebraism: The Two Poles of the World 3 Israel and Greece: Reviving a Legendary Past 4 'Greek Wisdom' as Secular Knowledge and Science 5 Japheth in the Tents of Shem: The Reception of the Classical Heritage in Modern Hebrew Culture 6 The Moral Dimension: Commonality and Particularity 7 Worlds without Compromise: Reconstructing the Disparities 8 Have Jews Imagination? Jews and the Creative Arts PART II The Second Mirror 9 The Nature of the Hellenistic Mirror 10 Judaism and Hellenism in Palestine and Alexandria: Two Models of a National and Cultural Encounter 11 Homeric Books and Hellenistic Culture in the World of the Sages PART III Athens in Jerusalem 12 Back to History: The Secularization of the Ancient Jewish Past 13 The Children of Japheth (Aryans) and the Children of Shem (Semites): Race and Innate Nationalism 14 The People and its Land: Country, Landscape, and Culture 15 A 'Polis' in Jerusalem: The Jewish State 16 The New Jewish Culture: Ideal and Reality Conclusion: What has Athens to do with Jerusalem? Bibliography Index
Series Title: Littman library of Jewish civilization.
Responsibility: Yaacov Shavit ; transl. [from the Hebrew] by Chaya Naor and Niki Werner.


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'Remarkable achievement ... This is going to be the major work on Jewish Hellenism for a long time to come ... future scholars may supplement Shavit's narrative, but none will ignore it. It should be Read more...

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