The Beginnings of Jewishness: Boundaries, Varieties, Uncertainties / Edition 1

The Beginnings of Jewishness: Boundaries, Varieties, Uncertainties / Edition 1

by Shaye J. D. Cohen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520226933

ISBN-13: 9780520226937

Pub. Date: 01/17/2001

Publisher: University of California Press

In modern times, various Jewish groups have argued whether Jewishness is a function of ethnicity (membership in a descent group, a function of birth), nationality (citizenship in a state, a function of politics), religion (membership in a group characterized by various beliefs and practices), or all three. These fundamental conceptions were already in place in…  See more details below

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In modern times, various Jewish groups have argued whether Jewishness is a function of ethnicity (membership in a descent group, a function of birth), nationality (citizenship in a state, a function of politics), religion (membership in a group characterized by various beliefs and practices), or all three. These fundamental conceptions were already in place in antiquity; the peculiar combination of ethnicity, nationality, and religion that would characterize Jewishness through the centuries first took shape in the second century B.C.E. This book studies the ways in which these elements were understood and applied in the construction of Jewish identity - by Jews, by gentiles and by the state - in such a way that the question "Who was a Jew?" could be variously answered.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520226937
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/17/2001
Series:
Hellenistic Culture and Society Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
441
Sales rank:
961,055
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
A Note on God and Parentheses
Prologue: Jews and Others1
Pt. IWho was a Jew?11
1Was Herod Jewish?13
2"Those Who Say They Are Jews and Are Not": How Do You Know a Jew in Antiquity When You See One?25
3Ioudaios, Iudaeus, Judaean, Jew69
Pt. IIThe Boundary Crossed: Becoming a Jew107
4From Ethnos to Ethno-religion109
5Crossing the Boundary and Becoming a Jew140
6Ioudaizein, "to Judaize"175
7The Rabbinic Conversion Ceremony198
Pt. IIIThe Boundary Violated: The Union of Diverse Kinds239
8The Prohibition of Intermarriage241
9The Matrilineal Principle263
10Israelite Mothers, Israelite Fathers: Matrilineal Descent and the Inequality of the Convert308
Epilogue: Jews, Judaism, and Jewishness: Us and them341
App. AWas Martial's Slave Jewish?351
App. BWas Menophilus Jewish?358
App. CWas Trophimus Jewish?360
App. DWas Timothy Jewish?363
Glossary of Some Hebrew Terms379
Bibliography and Abbreviations381
General Index393
Index of Premodern Sources411
Index of Modern Scholars419

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