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Bibil Identifier bibil:151818
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) 'The Lord Has Forsaken the Land': Radical Explanations of the Military and Political Defeat of the Jews in Tannaitic Literature
Author Schremer, Adiel
Journal Journal of Jewish Studies (Volume: 59, Issue: 2)
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Language English
Pages 183-200 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Scholarly literature devoted to ‘Jewish responses to the destruction of the Second Temple’ rarely attempts to explore the full range of explanations given by Palestinian Jews of the late first and second century CE to their political and military defeats in their wars against the Roman empire. Rather, it is commonly assumed that these Jews followed the old prophetic line of self-accusation, and ascribed the downfall to the people’s own transgressions. As a result, only slight attention is given to other, much less ‘pious’, explanations, existing in classical rabbinic literature. This paper explores some of these explanations and points at the existence of a state of mind among first- and second-century Palestinian Jews which came to question God’s very existence, His interest in the world or His ability to rule it. Although as a rule these stances were rejected by the Rabbis, surprisingly some of them appear to have been embraced by some of the Rabbis themselves.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Divine Justice
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Important Persons and Movements : Talmudic Period : Rabbinism : Tannaim
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