By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach
By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach
By Zeev Weiss
Public Spectacles in Roman and past due old Palestine introduces readers to the panoply of public leisure that flourished in Palestine from the 1st century BCE to the 6th century CE. Drawing on a trove of unique archaeological and textual proof, Zeev Weiss reconstructs an historic global the place Romans, Jews, and Christians intermixed amid a heady brew of shouts, roars, and applause to monitor quite a few regularly pagan spectacles.
Ancient Roman society reveled in lots of such spectacles--dramatic performances, chariot races, athletic competitions, and gladiatorial combats--that required complicated public venues, frequently maintained at nice rate. Wishing to ingratiate himself with Rome, Herod the good outfitted theaters, amphitheaters, and hippodromes to carry those varieties of leisure to Palestine. Weiss explores how the indigenous Jewish and Christian populations spoke back, as either spectators and performers, to those cultural imports. possibly predictably, the reactions of rabbinic and clerical elites didn't fluctuate drastically. yet their dire warnings to shun pagan leisure did little to hose down the recognition of those events.
Herod's formidable development initiatives left a long-lasting imprint at the area. His dream of reworking Palestine right into a Roman enclave succeeded a ways past his rule, with video games and spectacles carrying on with into the 5th century CE. through then, although, public leisure in Palestine had turn into a cultural establishment in decline, finally disappearing in the course of Justinian's reign within the 6th century.
By Martin GilbertE-book
By ThompsonThis can be a groundbreaking ebook at the origins of Israel, making an allowance for the contexts of geography, anthropology, and sociology, and drawing on a cautious research of archaeological and written facts. Thompson argues that not one of the conventional versions for the foundation of biblical Israel by way of conquest, peaceable payment, or revolution are practicable. The 9th and 8th century BC nation of Israel is a manufactured from the Mediterranean economic climate. the advance of the ethnic idea of biblical Israel unearths its context in heritage first on the time of the Persian renaissance. the quantity provides a transparent historic context and an interpretative matrix for the Bible.
By Hennie J. MarsmanDuring this quantity the presupposition is investigated even if ladies in a polytheistic society had a greater place than girls in a monotheistic society. To this finish the social and spiritual place of ladies in Ugarit based on its literary texts is in comparison to that of girls in Israel in keeping with the Hebrew Bible, whereas the broader context of the traditional close to East is usually considered. After an summary of feminist biblical exegesis, the booklet discusses the jobs of girls within the kin and in society. It additionally offers an research of the jobs of ladies as non secular experts and as worshippers. eventually, the information at the place of girls within the literary texts is in comparison to that during non-literary texts.
By Sylvia G. Haim, Elie KedourieReleased within the yr 1982, Zionism and Arabism in Palestine and Israel is a worthy contribution to the sector of heart japanese stories.
By Ralph SchoenmanThis examine offers a forceful problem to the normal realizing of Zionism and the kingdom of Israel: the concept that it really is "a land with out a humans for a peoplle with no land", the parable of Israeli democracy and the belief of the Zionists because the ethical representatives of hte sufferers of hte Holocaust. Schoenman records the sequence of massares enacted below the banner of Zionism to force out the Palestinians. the writer concludes through articulating his personal formulation for a simply society sooner or later - a democratic and secular Palestine the place rights circulation from citizenship instead of ethnic or non secular id. Ralph Schenman used to be govt Director of the Bertrand Russell Peace starting place in which time he performed negotiations with a number of heads of nation to safe the discharge of political prisoners. He has additionally directed many campaigning teams resembling the Committee of a hundred, the Vietnam harmony crusade, the Committee for inventive and highbrow Freedom in Iran and the Committee in Defence of the Palestinian and Lebanese Peoples.
By J. RentonThe Zionist Masquerade is a brand new historical past of the start of the Anglo-Zionist alliance in the course of the nice struggle - a severe bankruptcy within the historical past of the Zionist-Palestinian clash. James Renton argues that the Balfour assertion used to be the results of a much broader phenomenon of British propaganda regulations in the course of global battle I that have been pushed by way of improper conceptions of ethnicity, ethnic strength and nationalism. From this vantage aspect, Renton contends that whereas a few Zionist activists performed a vital position within the making of the Balfour statement, the result was once now not the nice Zionist victory that has been generally assumed. even though the assertion got here to be the root for the British Mandate for Palestine, which made a Jewish nation attainable thirty years later, this used to be faraway from being the unique purpose of the British govt. the first goal of Britain's wartime help for Zionism used to be to safe Jewish backing for the battle attempt. The accidental outcomes of this coverage, notwithstanding, have been to be explosive and far-reaching.
By Robert E. Hunter, Seth G. JonesAn exam of ideas to fulfill the exterior protection necessities of a winning, self reliant Palestinian kingdom.
By Angelo S. RappoportMyths and legends are the goods of the preferred brain and of the communal soul of the folk. This, the ultimate booklet of Angelo Rappoport's trilogy on historical Hebrew myths, bargains with the 1st kings of historical Israel: tormented Saul, heroic David and clever Solomon. a number of different biblical figures additionally look, together with evil Queen Jezebel, Esther - the savior of her humans, the Prophet Elijah, and devoted better halves, treacherous fanatics and beggar kings. The Oriental and ecu myths that owe lots to Jewish legends also are mentioned - from Merlin the Magician to the origins of the tales that include "A Thousand and One Nights."