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S the fact that the introduction and conclusion are from the one volume dition with nothing specific to God Is in the Crowd each subdivision makes you wonder besides finding the authors and writing a few pages what does it mean that Biale was theditorThe book also assumes that you know uite a bit of both the history of the Jews and of Judaism While this project was originally intended to be a definitive and modern history of Judaism for an ducated audience of non scholars that book stills need to be written The closest and best although it s outdated and sadly out of print that comes close is Daniel Jeremy Silver s History of JudaismAfter a break I ll move on to Volume 2 Hopefully with sources the uality will improvePS my comment below is really an arlier and less well The Matriarchs (The Family edited version of this reviewI clicked on wrong thingee and it didn t a comment instead of a review So yes you can skip it. And assumed new forms in response to the culturalnvironment in which the Jews have lived Mediterranean Origins the first volume in Cultures of the Jews describes the concept of the “People” or “Nation” of Israel that merges in the Hebrew Bible and the culture of the Israelites in relation to that of neighboring Canaanite groups It also discusses Jewish cultures in Babylonia in Palestine during the Greco Roman and Byzantine periods and in Arabia during the formative years of Isl.
Chapters by different authors rather disparate in focus though chronologically organised Reminds me in that way of Ari s s 5 volume History of Private Life Best chapter so far this is only volume 1 after all on Arabian Judaism in the arly days of Islam This book strength is also it s weakness it is a collection of disparate When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) essays from various authors not a coherent presentation of Jewish history On the one hand that provides an opportunity to present multiple viewpoints that one author or a stronglydited book wouldn t On the other hand there are huge gaps in the story nothing on Alexandrian Jewry for which we have written contemporaneous sources Philo anyone annoying inconsistencies in terminology and vast differences in uality depth and interest between chapter to chapterSo one of the worst chapters is that on the Biblical period it s a hermeneutic interpretation of Scattered over much of the world throughout most of their history are the Jews one people or many How do they resemble and how do they differ from Jews in other places and times What have their relationships been to the cultures of their neighbors To address these and similar uestions some of the finest scholars of our day have contributed their insights to Cultures of the Jews a winner of the National Jewish Book Award upon its hardcover publication in 2002Constructing their ssays around.
He bible rather than a cultural history of the period based on archeological vidence You won t find any judgement here on the historical veracity of the Bible The last chapter on Arabian Jewry is ually mediocre although from almost the opposite xtreme it takes uranic Hadith accounts of Attracting Birds to Your Backyard early Islam Arabia almost as canonical history tries to understand Arabian Jewry based on that false assumption Having read Tom Holland s amazing book on this period I can t take that chapter too seriouslyThe best chapters were the ones on the Second Temple Roman rule and Babylonian Jewry Lots of interesting insights and new ideasWhile understanding the structure is it too much to ask that Biale do somediting to Deep Listening ensure consistency of terminology like the anachronistic use of the name Palestine to describe the area can drive you crazy why would a historian not use contemporaneous names Plu. Specific cultural artifacts that were created in the period and locale under study the contributors describe the cultural interactions among different Jews–from rabbis and scholars to nonlite groups including women–as well as between Jews and the surrounding non Jewish world What they conclude is that although Jews have always had their own autonomous traditions Jewish identity cannot be considered the fixed product of Bird-by-Bird Gardening either ancientthnic or religious origins Rather it has shifted.