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Art and Judaism in the Greco-Roman World: Toward a New Jewish Archaeology (Steven Fine) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2005) 9780521145671
Art and Judaism in the Greco-Roman World: Toward a New Jewish Archaeology (Steven Fine) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2005) 9780521145671
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Title: Art and Judaism in the Greco-Roman World: Toward a New Jewish Archaeology

Author: Fine, Steven

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2005

Paperback; ISBN: 9780521145671

Volumes: 1; Pages: 288

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Art and Judaism explores the Jewish experience with art during the Greco-Roman period--from the Hellenistic period through the rise of Islam. It starts with the premise that Jewish art in antiquity was a 'minority' or 'ethnic' art and surveys ways that Jews fully participated in, transformed, and at times rejected the art of their general environment. It focuses upon the politics of identity during the Greco-Roman period, even as it discusses ways that modern identity issues have sometimes distorted and at other times refined scholarly discussion of ancient Jewish material culture.ContentsPart I. 'The 'Most Unmonumental People' of the World': Modern Constructions of Ancient Jewish Art1. Building an ancient synagogue on the Delaware: Philadelphia's Henry S. Frank Memorial Synagogue and constructions of Jewish art at the turn of the twentieth century 2. The old-new land: 'Jewish archaeology' and the Zionist narrative3. Archaeology and the search for 'non-Rabbinic Judaism'4. Art history: transmitting Jewish artlessness to new generations5. Toward a new 'Jewish archaeology': methodological reflectionsPart II. Art and Identity During the Greco-Roman period6. Art and identity in latter second temple period Judaism: the Hasmonean Roay Tombs at Modi'in7. Art and identity in Late Antique Palestine: the Na'aran Synagogue8. Art and identity in Diaspora communities in Late Antiquity from Nehardea to RomePart III. Jewish 'Symbols' During the Greco-Roman Period9. Between Rome and Jerusalem: the date palm as a 'Jewish symbol'10. 'The lamps of Israel': the Menorah as a Jewish symbolPart IV. Reading Holistically: Art and the Liturgy of Late Antique Synagogues11. The Dura Europos Synagogue and its liturgical parchment12. Synagogue mosaics and liturgy in the land of Israel a. The Sepphoris Synagogue: a liturgical interpretation b. The Torah, its Shrine, and the decoration of Late Antique Palestinian synagogues c. The Zodiac13. Concluding comments: sanctity and the art of ancient synagoguesEpilogue; A note on transliteration and translationAbbreviationsIllustrationsPrimary source indexGeneral index
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