Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition by David Nirenberg

By David Nirenberg

A strong heritage that exhibits anti-Judaism to be a critical state of mind within the Western tradition.
This incisive historical past upends the complacency that confines anti-Judaism to the ideological extremes within the Western culture. With deep studying and magnificence, David Nirenberg indicates how foundational anti-Judaism is to the heritage of the West.

Questions of the way we're Jewish and, extra severely, how and why we aren't were churning in the Western mind's eye all through its heritage. historic Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans; Christians and Muslims of each interval; even the secularists of modernity have used Judaism in developing their visions of the realm. The thrust of this practice construes Judaism as an competition, a threat frequently from inside of, to be criticized, attacked, and eradicated. The intersections of those principles with the realm of power—the Roman destruction of the second one Temple, the Spanish Inquisition, the German Holocaust—are popular. The methods of proposal underlying those tragedies are available on the very beginning of Western background.

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Imposition of Fiscus Judaicus. / Fall of Masada, last fortress in Judaea, defended by Eleazar. Jewish uprisings in Alexandria and Cyrene. Closing of the Onias Temple in Leontopolis. c. – Publication of Josephus’ Jewish War. c.  Gamaliel II has a leading position in the rabbinical movement. Agricola, governor in Britain. Eruption of Vesuvius destroys Pompeii and Herculaneum. Titus, emperor. Fire at Rome. Domitian, emperor. ) / Campaign against the Chatti. Building of the Limes. Revolt of the Nasamones in Africa.

G. g. builder, teacher). In a few cases we can identify the tombs with historical figures, as with the tombs of ‘Bene Hezir’, Nicanor, and Helena of Adiabene. The tomb of the family of Hezir, which dates to the Hasmonaean period (and see vol. , ch. ) belonged to a priestly family known from the Bible ( Chr. :). 30 The largest and one of the most impressive of the tombs is known by its popular name as the ‘Tomb of the Kings’. 31 The tomb was constructed about   by Queen Helena of Adiabene (an Hellenistic 28 29 30 M.

De Saulcy was the first to excavate in Jerusalem, clearing the so-called Tombs of the Kings in , and in  the British Charles Wilson began his series of soundings around the Temple Mount, thus initiating the modern scientific approach. Archaeological activity has hardly stopped ever since. Archaeological research on this period owes much to the wealth of contemporaneous literary sources, especially the writings of Flavius 1 For a comparison of various chronological systems see P. W. Lapp, Palestinian Ceramic Chronology  BC – AD  (), p.

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