Athens in Jerusalem: Classical Antiquity and Hellenism in the Making of the Modern Secular Jew

Athens in Jerusalem: Classical Antiquity and Hellenism in the Making of the Modern Secular Jew

by Yaacov Shavit
     
 
From the 18th Century on, Jews seeking to aquire a modern identify began to take a new interest in classical antiquity and Hellenistic civilization as a key tot he secular Jewish culture they sought to develop. It was of course not the real classical Greece to which they aspired but rather its idealized image as perceived through contemporary eyes, but this image

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From the 18th Century on, Jews seeking to aquire a modern identify began to take a new interest in classical antiquity and Hellenistic civilization as a key tot he secular Jewish culture they sought to develop. It was of course not the real classical Greece to which they aspired but rather its idealized image as perceived through contemporary eyes, but this image became an important element in the search for a new Jewish self-awareness. For the modernizing Jew, Greek became a metaphor for the secular culture of modern Europe in its various forms.

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Shavit (history of the Jewish people, Tel Aviv U.) describes how Jewish intellectuals of the 18th century began finding in classical Greek culture elements they though Jewish culture lacked and would have to embrace in order to become part of the modern world. He explains that by asserting that Judaism had been open to Hellenistic influences since the time of the Second Table, they legitimized their own efforts to secularize Jewish identity and culture. First published as "Yahadut bi-re'i ha- Yavanut ve-hofa'at ha-Yehudi ha-Helenisti ha-moderni" by Am Oved Published, Tel Aviv, in 1992. Distributed by ISBS. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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ISBN-13:
9781874774259
Publisher:
Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, The
Publication date:
09/25/1997
Pages:
576

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