Remains of the Jews: The Holy Land and Christian Empire in Late Antiquity

Remains of the Jews: The Holy Land and Christian Empire in Late Antiquity

by Andrew Jacobs
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804747059

ISBN-13: 9780804747059

Pub. Date: 12/11/2003

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Remains of the Jews studies the rise of Christian Empire in late antiquity (300-550 C.E.) through the dense and complex manner in which Christian authors wrote about Jews in the charged space of the "holy land." The book employs contemporary cultural studies, particularly postcolonial criticism, to read Christian writings about holy land Jews as colonial

Overview

Remains of the Jews studies the rise of Christian Empire in late antiquity (300-550 C.E.) through the dense and complex manner in which Christian authors wrote about Jews in the charged space of the "holy land." The book employs contemporary cultural studies, particularly postcolonial criticism, to read Christian writings about holy land Jews as colonial writings. These writings created a cultural context in which Christians viewed themselves as powerful—and in which, perhaps, Jews were able to construct a posture of resistance to this new Christian Empire. Remains of the Jews reexamines familiar types of literature—biblical interpretation, histories, sermons, letters—from a new perspective in order to understand how power and resistance shaped religious identities in the later Roman Empire.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804747059
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
12/11/2003
Series:
Divinations: Rereading Late Ancient Rel Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviationsxi
Acknowledgmentsxiii
1Introduction: Holy Land, Empire, and Jews1
Part IKnowledge
2"Full Knowledge": Jews and the Totality of Christian Empire21
3"Captive Judaea": The Production of Jewish Knowledge56
Part IIPower
4"A Province like Paradise": Jews in Christian Travel Writing103
5"This Exalted City": Christian Jerusalem and Its Jews139
6Conclusions: Reconsidering Jewish-Christian Relations200
Bibliography211
Index245

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