Judeans and Jews

Judeans and Jews

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In writing in English about the classical era, is it more appropriate to refer to a€œJewsa€ or to a€œJudeansa€? What difference does it make? Today, many scholars consider a€œJudeansa€ the more authentic term, and a€œJewsa€ and a€œJudaisma€ merely anachronisms. In Judeans and Jews, Daniel R. Schwartz argues that we need both terms in order to reflect the dichotomy between the tendencies of those, whether in Judea or in the Disapora, whose identity was based on the state and the land (Judeans), and those whose identity was based on a religion and culture (Jews). Presenting the Second Temple era as an age of transition between a territorial past and an exilic and religious future, Judeans and Jews not only sharpens our understanding of this important era but also sheds important light on the revolution in Jewish identity caused by the creation of the modern state of Israel.As opposed to the biblical books of 1a€“2 Samuel, 1a€“2 Kings, and 1a€“2 Chronicles, which are each single works divided ... 175 BCE, and both proceed to recount that kinga#39;s dealings with the Jews, including the Hasmonean revolt against him. ... As such, they afford us a rich view of the polarity in the Jewish world as early as the second century BCE, when they were written. These differences between the two books can be grouped easily under three rubrics, moving from externals to theanbsp;...

Title:Judeans and Jews
Author:Daniel R. Schwartz
Publisher:University of Toronto Press - 2014-11-11


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