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The specter of the Jews : Emperor Julian and the rhetoric of ethnicity in Syrian Antioch

Author: Ari Finkelstein
Publisher: Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the generation after Constantine the Great elevated Christianity to a dominant position in the Roman Empire, his nephew, the Emperor Julian, sought to reinstate the old gods to their former place of prominence--in the face of intense opposition from the newly powerful Christian church. In early 363 CE, while living in Syrian Antioch, Julian redoubled his efforts to Hellenize the Roman Empire by turning to an  Read more...
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Finkelstein, Ari, 1971-
Specter of the Jews.
Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2018]
(DLC) 2018016222
Named Person: Julian, Emperor of Rome; Julian, Emperor of Rome
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ari Finkelstein
ISBN: 9780520970779 0520970772
OCLC Number: 1031421362
Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 251 pages)
Contents: Introduction : Emperor Julian's Jewish gambit --
Julian's Hellenizing program and the Jews --
Setting the stage : Hellenes, Christians, and Jews in cosmopolitan Antioch --
Hebrews, Jews, and Judeans : Julian's ethnographic arguments and his Hellenizing campaign --
Propitiating the gods, saving the empire : the place of Jewish sacrifice in Emperor Julian's Hellenizing program --
A priestly nation : the institution of the Jewish priesthood as a model for Julian's priestly program --
The god of Jerusalem and his temple --
Creating and maintaining holy space in Antioch --
Conclusions : Antioch in the aftermath of Julian --
Appendix : the letter to the community of the Jews.
Responsibility: Ari Finkelstein.
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"In the generation after Constantine the Great elevated Christianity to a dominant position in the Roman Empire, his nephew, the Emperor Julian, sought to reinstate the old gods to their former place of prominence--in the face of intense opposition from the newly powerful Christian church. In early 363 CE, while living in Syrian Antioch, Julian redoubled his efforts to Hellenize the Roman Empire by turning to an unlikely source: the Jews. With a war against Persia on the horizon, Julian thought it crucial that all Romans propitiate the true gods and gain their favor through proper practice. To convince his people, he drew on Jews, whom he characterized as Judeans, using their scriptures, practices, and heroes as sources for his program and models to emulate. In The Specter of the Jews, Ari Finkelstein examines Julian's writings and views on Jews as Judeans, a venerable group whose religious practices and values would help delegitimize Christianity and, surprisingly, shape a new imperial Hellenic pagan identity"--Provided by publisher.

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