Surviving Sacrilege: Cultural Persistence in Jewish Antiquity

Surviving Sacrilege: Cultural Persistence in Jewish Antiquity

by Steven Weitzman
     
 

In a world of relentless and often violent change, what does it take for a culture to survive? Weitzman addresses this question by exploring the "arts of cultural persistence"--the tactics that cultures employ to sustain themselves in the face of intractable realities. This book focuses on a famously resilient culture caught between two disruptive acts of… See more details below

Overview

In a world of relentless and often violent change, what does it take for a culture to survive? Weitzman addresses this question by exploring the "arts of cultural persistence"--the tactics that cultures employ to sustain themselves in the face of intractable realities. This book focuses on a famously resilient culture caught between two disruptive acts of sacrilege: ancient Judaism between the destruction of the First Temple (by the Babylonians) and the destruction of the Second Temple (by the Romans).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674017085
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
06/30/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.58(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. After Babel

2. Maccabean Maneuvers

3. Friends in High Places

4. Optical Elusions

5. Flights of Fancy

6. Conjuring Power

7. Playing Dead

8. The Art of Cultural Persistence

Abbreviations

Notes

Index

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