Athens in Jerusalem

BookAthens in Jerusalem

Athens in Jerusalem

Classical Antiquity and Hellenism in the Making of the Modern Secular Jew

The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization


October 1st, 1997

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According to the author the Hellenistic tradition played a role as a model for Jewish modernisers to draw upon as they perceived a lack in Jewish culture. The author believes that Greek and Hellenistic concepts are now internalised by the Jewish people.

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Half Title2
Title Page4
Translators' Note14
Part I: The First Mirror36
1: Waking the Dead—Greece as an Ideal and an Exemplar38
2: Hellenism and Hebraism: The Two Poles of the World57
3: Israel and Greece: Reviving a Legendary Past 75
4: 'Greek Wisdom' as Secular Knowledge and Science 96
5: Japheth in the Tents of Shem: The Reception of the Classical Heritage in Modern Hebrew Culture136
6: The Moral Dimension: Commonality and Particularity 172
7: Worlds without Compromise: Reconstructing the Disparities 205
8: Have Jews Imagination? Jews and the Creative Arts237
Part II: The Second Mirror296
9: The Nature of the Hellenistic Mirror298
10: Judaism and Hellenism in Palestine and Alexandria: Two Models of a National and Cultural Encounter323
11: Homeric Books and Hellenistic Culture in the World of the Sages354
Part III: Athens in Jerusalem370
12: Back to History: The Secularization of the Ancient Jewish Past 372
13: The Children of Japheth (Aryans) and the Children of Shem (Sernites): Race and Innate Nationalism 398
14: The People and its Land: Country, Landscape, and Culture 420
15: A 'Polis' in Jerusalem: The Jewish State 449
16: The New Jewish Culture: Ideal and Reality466
Conclusion: What has Athens to Do with Jerusalem?490