Visual Judaism in Late Antiquity: Historical Contexts of Jewish Art

Hardcover | March 26, 2013

byLee I. Levine

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A new type of Jewish art emerged in Late Antiquity, when artists produced visual depictions that had not existed earlier within a Jewish context—figural images (including pagan motifs), biblical scenes, and religious symbols. Visual Judaism locates this phenomenon in the wider context of Late Antiquity, revealing new insights into the role of visual culture in Jewish society, in which individual communities determined what forms of artistic expression would be displayed in their synagogues. Following introductory chapters surveying Jewish art over fifteen hundred years, down to the third century CE, author Lee I. Levine focuses on the wealth of archaeological, artistic, and textual material from the third to seventh century, demonstrating how this artistic activity responded to new historical circumstances.

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A new type of Jewish art emerged in Late Antiquity, when artists produced visual depictions that had not existed earlier within a Jewish context—figural images (including pagan motifs), biblical scenes, and religious symbols. Visual Judaism locates this phenomenon in the wider context of Late Antiquity, revealing new insights into the ...

Lee I. Levine is professor emeritus of the Rev. Moses Bernard Lauterman Family Chair in Classical Archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has published numerous books, including The Ancient Synagogue: The First Thousand Years (Yale).
Format:HardcoverDimensions:592 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.98 inPublished:March 26, 2013Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300100892

ISBN - 13:9780300100891

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“With meticulous scholarship and a judgment informed by a lifetime of study . . . [this is] an academic masterwork that will be cherished by scholars of ancient Judaism as well as by general readers interested in Jewish culture, archaeology, and art history. Most highly recommended.”—Marcia G. Welsh, Library Journal