Cultures of the Jews, Volume 1: Mediterranean Origins

Author: David Biale
Publisher: Schocken Books
Category: Social & Cultural History, Jewish Books, Jewish Studies
Book Format: Paperback

Scattered over much of the world throughout most of their history, are the Jews one people or many? How do they resemble and how do they differ from Jews in other places and times? What have their relationships been to the cultures of their neighbors? To address these and similar questions, some of the finest scholars of our day have contributed their insights to Cultures of the Jews, a winner of the National Jewish Book Award upon its hardcover publication in 2002.



Constructing their essays around specific cultural artifacts that were created in the period and locale under study, the contributors describe the cultural interactions among different Jews-from rabbis and scholars to non-elite groups, including women-as well as between Jews and the surrounding non-Jewish world. What they conclude is that although Jews have always had their own autonomous traditions, Jewish identity cannot be considered the fixed product of either ancient ethnic or religious origins. Rather, it has shifted and assumed new forms in response to the cultural environment in which the Jews have lived.



Mediterranean Origins, the first volume in Cultures of the Jews, describes the concept of the People” or Nation” of Israel that emerges in the Hebrew Bible and the culture of the Israelites in relation to that of neighboring Canaanite groups. It also discusses Jewish cultures in Babylonia, in Palestine during the Greco-Roman and Byzantine periods, and in Arabia during the formative years of Islam.

David Biale is the Emanuel Ringelblum Professor of Jewish History at the University of California, Davis.

List of Contributors

Acknowledgments




Preface: Toward a Cultural History of the Jews

by David Biale



Introduction

by David Biale



ONE:

Imagining the Birth of Ancient Israel: National Metaphors in the Bible

by Ilana Pardes



TWO:

Israel Among the Nations: Biblical Culture in the Ancient Near East

by Ronald S. Hendel



THREE:

Hellenistic Judaism

by Erich S. Gruen



FOUR:

Jewish Culture in Greco-Roman Palestine

by Eric M.Meyers



FIVE:

Confronting a Christian Empire: Jewish Culture in the World of Byzantium

by Oded Irshai



SIX:

Babylonian Rabbinic Culture

by Isaiah Gafni



SEVEN:

Jewish Culture in the Formative Period of Islam

by Reuven Firestone



Conclusion

by David Biale



Index

Table Of Contents
List of Contributors

Acknowledgments
Preface: Toward a Cultural History of the Jews

by David Biale
Introduction

by David Biale
ONE:

Imagining the Birth of Ancient Israel: National Metaphors in the Bible

by Ilana Pardes
TWO:

Israel Among the Nations: Biblical Culture in the Ancient Near East

by Ronald S. Hendel
THREE:

Hellenistic Judaism

by Erich S. Gruen
FOUR:

Jewish Culture in Greco-Roman Palestine

by Eric M.Meyers
FIVE:

Confronting a Christian Empire: Jewish Culture in the World of Byzantium

by Oded Irshai
SIX:

Babylonian Rabbinic Culture

by Isaiah Gafni
SEVEN:

Jewish Culture in the Formative Period of Islam

by Reuven Firestone
Conclusion

by David Biale
Index
About David Biale
David Biale is the Emanuel Ringelblum Professor of Jewish History at the University of California, Davis.

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