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Author Finkelstein, Ari, 1971-
Title The specter of the Jews : Emperor Julian and the rhetoric of ethnicity in Syrian Antioch / Ari Finkelstein.
Imprint Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2018]

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Author Finkelstein, Ari, 1971-
Subject Jews -- Middle East -- History -- 70-638.
Rome -- History -- Julian, 361-363.
Alt Name Ohio Library and Information Network.
Description 1 online resource (xvii, 251 pages)
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Introduction : Emperor Julian's Jewish gambit -- Julian's Hellenizing program and the Jews -- Setting the stage : Hellenes, Christians, and Jews in cosmopolitan Antioch -- Hebrews, Jews, and Judeans : Julian's ethnographic arguments and his Hellenizing campaign -- Propitiating the gods, saving the empire : the place of Jewish sacrifice in Emperor Julian's Hellenizing program -- A priestly nation : the institution of the Jewish priesthood as a model for Julian's priestly program -- The god of Jerusalem and his temple -- Creating and maintaining holy space in Antioch -- Conclusions : Antioch in the aftermath of Julian -- Appendix : the letter to the community of the Jews
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Summary "In the generation after Constantine the Great elevated Christianity to a dominant position in the Roman Empire, his nephew, the Emperor Julian, sought to reinstate the old gods to their former place of prominence--in the face of intense opposition from the newly powerful Christian church. In early 363 CE, while living in Syrian Antioch, Julian redoubled his efforts to Hellenize the Roman Empire by turning to an unlikely source: the Jews. With a war against Persia on the horizon, Julian thought it crucial that all Romans propitiate the true gods and gain their favor through proper practice. To convince his people, he drew on Jews, whom he characterized as Judeans, using their scriptures, practices, and heroes as sources for his program and models to emulate. In The Specter of the Jews, Ari Finkelstein examines Julian's writings and views on Jews as Judeans, a venerable group whose religious practices and values would help delegitimize Christianity and, surprisingly, shape a new imperial Hellenic pagan identity"--Provided by publisher
Note Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on November 29, 2018)
ISBN 9780520970779 electronic book
0520970772 electronic book
9780520298729 hardcover ; alkaline paper
OCLC # 1031421362
Additional Format Print version: Finkelstein, Ari, 1971- Specter of the Jews. Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2018] 9780520298729 (DLC) 2018016222.

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