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Aphrodite And The Rabbis: How the Jews Adapted Roman Culture to Create Judaism as We Know It

Burton L. Visotzky.
Item #: D13527
Format: Hardcover
Pages/Publication Date: 256 / 2016
Publisher: St. Martin's
ISBN: 9781250085764
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When the Romans crushed a Jewish revolt and destroyed Jerusalem's Temple in 70 AD, many Jews responding by gradually adopting the culture and traditions of their conquerors, posits Burton Visotzky, a professor at New York's Jewish Theological Seminary. Sifting through the archeological evidence from the first five centuries of the Common Era, Visotzky cites how the Passover Seder was adapted from the Greco-Roman symposium, notes the Talmudic rabbis' identification with the Stoic philosophers, and discovers mosaic images of Zeus in synagogues across Israel. Arguing that its transformation from a Jerusalem-centered faith to a world religion was made possible by the Roman Empire, Visotzky presents Judaism as a distinctly Roman religion.


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