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The making of Jewish universalism : from exile to Alexandria

The making of Jewish universalism : from exile to Alexandria

Author: Malka Z Simkovich
Publisher: Lanham, Maryland : Lexington Books, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"The Making of Jewish Universalism: From Exile to Alexandria explores two kinds of universalist thought that circulated among Jewish in the Greco-Roman world. The first, which is founded on the idea that all people may worship the One True God in an engaged and sustained manner, originates in biblical prophetic literature. The second, which underscores a common ethic that all people share, arose in the second  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Simkovich, Malka Z.
Making of Jewish universalism.
Lexington Books : Lanham, Maryland, [2016]
(DLC) 2016045532
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Malka Z Simkovich
ISBN: 9781498542425 1498542425
OCLC Number: 959667385
Description: xxx, 185 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: The Problem of Jewish UniversalismPart I: Biblical Prophetic Literature: Four Eschatological Relationships Between Israelites and Non-IsraelitesChapter One: Three Models of Particularist Relationships in Prophetic LiteratureChapter Two: Nation Alongside Nation in the Universal Worship of God Part II: Relationships Between Israelites and Gentiles Built on Biblical Models in the Greco-Roman Period, 334 bce-118 ceChapter Three: Particularist Relationships in the Late Second Temple PeriodChapter Four: The Universalized Worship Model in the Second Temple PeriodPart III: A Life in Common: The Rise of Ethical Universalist Literature in the First Century bceChapter Five: Philo's "Radical Allegorizers"Chapter Six: Ethical Universalism in the Late Second Temple PeriodPart IV: Summary and Implications of the ArgumentBibliography
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Interest in Jewish universalism is on the rise, yet scholars lack a common definition of the concept. This book advocates for a common definition of universalism as it applies to an Early Jewish  Read more...


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This thoughtful and well-crafted book is a must-read for anyone seeking a roadmap through the much-vexed questions surrounding Biblical and late Second Temple conceptions of Jewish universalism. Read more...

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