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Judaism and its Social Metaphors

Judaism and its Social Metaphors
Israel in the History of Jewish Thought


  • Date Published: May 1989
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521354714

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  • The crisis in Palestine is a manifestation of Israel's historical significance to the Jewish people. Jacob Neusner examines the crucial role of the definition of Israel in the history of Judaic thought. He argues that Judaic sages have constructed various metaphoric images of Israel - as family, as chosen people, as a nation - in order to express changing theological concerns as the religion evolved. The history of the definition of Israel is revealed as the reflection of the history of Judaism itself. This is a bold and original interpretation of the way in which Jews, as well as other peoples, define themselves.

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    • Date Published: May 1989
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521354714
    • length: 274 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 158 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.525kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    1. Imagining society, re-visioning 'Israel'
    Part I. 'Israel' in the First Statement of Judaism, 70–300 CE:
    2. 'Israel' in relationship to heaven
    3. 'Israel' in relationship to 'non-Israel'
    4. 'Israel' in the Mishnah, the Tosefta, and Tractate Abot: a probe
    5. The first phase of the Judaism of the dual Torah and its social metaphors
    Part II. 'Israel' in the Second Statement of Judaism, 300–600 CE:
    6. 'Israel' on its own terms
    7. 'Israel' as family
    8. 'Israel' as family and also singular nation
    9. 'Israel' as sui generis
    10. The second phase of the Judaism of the dual Torah and its social metaphors
    Part III. Some Metaphors, Other Systems:
    11. Other Judaisms and their social metaphors
    12. Society and system
    General index
    Index to biblical and Talmudic references.

  • Author

    Jacob Neusner

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