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Bibil Identifier bibil:213687
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) Remembered for Good
Title (English, ) A Jewish Benefaction System in Ancient Palestine
Author Sorek, Susan
Series The Social World of Biblical Antiquity, Second Series (Volume: 5)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature UPA 98344
Place 221.08
Publishing house Sheffield Phoenix Press
Place Sheffield
ISBN 978-1-906055-69-1
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages xii Pages
285 Pages
height in cm 24
Genre Original
Abstract This is the first monograph devoted to the system of community benefaction practised by Jews in Palestine from the second century BCE to the sixth century CE. Principal is the evidence from synagogue inscriptions erected to patrons and donors from the second century CE onwards. All these inscriptions are reviewed, together with a re-examination of how they are to be translated. Sorek is especially interested in the motivation for benefactions, and concludes that the Jewish system attested in the inscriptions is specific to the Jewish community. It was not merely a copy of the well-known Graeco-Roman system of euergetism, in which rich citizens contributed from their wealth to public expenses. But neither was the Jewish system properly an expression of charity, as has often been thought. Sorek argues that the benefaction system is best understood as an expression of hesed, the meaning of which she explores in detail.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Synagogue
Terms חֶסֶד חסד
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