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Aphrodite and the Rabbis
Author: Burton L. Visotzky

ISBN: 9781250085764
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 11 October 2016
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 15.2 x 23.5 x 2.2
Description:
Hard to believe but true:
The Passover Seder is a Greco-Roman symposium banquet
The Talmud rabbis presented themselves as Stoic philosophers
Synagogue buildings were Roman basilicas
Hellenistic rhetoric professors educated sons of well-to-do Jews
Zeus-Helios is depicted in synagogue mosaics across ancient Israel
In Israel there were synagogues where the prayers were recited in Greek. Historians have long debated the (re)birth of Judaism in the wake of the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple cult by the Romans in 70 CE. What replaced that sacrificial cult was at once something new, even as it also sought to preserve what little it could of the old Israelite religion.

Arguing that its transformation from a Jerusalem-centered cult to a world religion was made possible by the Roman Empire, Rabbi Burton Visotzky presents Judaism as a distinctly Roman religion. Full of fascinating detail from the daily life and culture of Jewish communities across the Hellenistic world, Aphrodite and ...

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