By Burton L. Visotzky
Hard to think yet true:
- The Passover Seder is a Greco-Roman symposium banquet
- The Talmud rabbis provided themselves as Stoic philosophers
- Synagogue structures have been Roman basilicas
- Hellenistic rhetoric professors expert sons of well-to-do Jews
- Zeus-Helios is depicted in synagogue mosaics throughout old Israel
- The Jewish courts have been named after the Roman political establishment, the Sanhedrin
- In Israel there have been synagogues the place the prayers have been recited in Greek.
Historians have lengthy debated the (re)birth of Judaism within the wake of the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple cult through the Romans in 70 CE. What changed that sacrificial cult was once instantly anything new–indebted to the very tradition of the Roman overlords–even because it additionally sought to maintain what little it could possibly of the previous Israelite faith. The Greco-Roman tradition within which rabbinic Judaism grew within the first 5 centuries of the typical period nurtured the advance of Judaism as we nonetheless recognize and have a good time it this day.
Arguing that its transformation from a Jerusalem-centered cult to a global faith was once made attainable by means of the Roman Empire, Rabbi Burton Visotzky offers Judaism as a notably Roman faith. jam-packed with interesting element from the everyday life and tradition of Jewish groups around the Hellenistic global, Aphrodite and the Rabbis will entice someone attracted to the advance of Judaism, faith, heritage, artwork and architecture.
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Aphrodite and the Rabbis: How the Jews Adapted Roman Culture to Create Judaism as We Know It by Burton L. Visotzky