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By Burton L. Visotzky

ISBN-10: 1250085764

ISBN-13: 9781250085764

Hard to think yet true:

- The Passover Seder is a Greco-Roman symposium banquet
- The Talmud rabbis awarded themselves as Stoic philosophers
- Synagogue structures have been Roman basilicas
- Hellenistic rhetoric professors knowledgeable sons of well-to-do Jews
- Zeus-Helios is depicted in synagogue mosaics throughout old Israel
- The Jewish courts have been named after the Roman political establishment, the Sanhedrin
- In Israel there have been synagogues the place the prayers have been recited in Greek.

Historians have lengthy debated the (re)birth of Judaism within the wake of the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple cult by way of the Romans in 70 CE. What changed that sacrificial cult used to be without delay anything new–indebted to the very tradition of the Roman overlords–even because it additionally sought to maintain what little it will possibly of the outdated Israelite faith. The Greco-Roman tradition during which rabbinic Judaism grew within the first 5 centuries of the typical period nurtured the advance of Judaism as we nonetheless comprehend and have fun it at the present time.

Arguing that its transformation from a Jerusalem-centered cult to an international faith was once made attainable via the Roman Empire, Rabbi Burton Visotzky offers Judaism as a notably Roman faith. packed with interesting aspect from the lifestyle and tradition of Jewish groups around the Hellenistic international, Aphrodite and the Rabbis will attract somebody drawn to the improvement of Judaism, faith, background, artwork and architecture.

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