Aphrodite and the Rabbis: How the Jews Adapted Roman Culture by Burton L. Visotzky

By Burton L. Visotzky

Hard to think yet true:

- The Passover Seder is a Greco-Roman symposium banquet
- The Talmud rabbis offered themselves as Stoic philosophers
- Synagogue structures have been Roman basilicas
- Hellenistic rhetoric professors proficient sons of well-to-do Jews
- Zeus-Helios is depicted in synagogue mosaics throughout historical 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 through the Romans in 70 CE. What changed that sacrificial cult used to be right now whatever new–indebted to the very tradition of the Roman overlords–even because it additionally sought to maintain what little it might probably of the outdated Israelite faith. The Greco-Roman tradition within which rabbinic Judaism grew within the first 5 centuries of the typical period nurtured the advance of Judaism as we nonetheless recognize and have a good time it this day.

Arguing that its transformation from a Jerusalem-centered cult to an international faith was once made attainable through the Roman Empire, Rabbi Burton Visotzky provides Judaism as a exceedingly Roman faith. choked with attention-grabbing aspect from the lifestyle and tradition of Jewish groups around the Hellenistic global, Aphrodite and the Rabbis will attract somebody drawn to the improvement of Judaism, faith, heritage, paintings and architecture.

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