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Bibil Identifier bibil:249597
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Wayward Jews, God-fearing Gentiles, or Curious Pagans? Jewish Normativity and the Sambathions
Author Cornthwaite, Christopher J.
Journal Journal for the Study of Judaism (Volume: 48, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2017
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2017
Year (Copyright) 2017
Year (Reference) 2017
Language English
Pages 277-297 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract One of the most influential collections of Jewish material evidence in the last century, Corpus Papyrorum Judaicarum, includes Victor Tcherikover’s well-known work on the Sambathions, based on the common appearance of proper names, groups, and deities with similar, Sambath- roots. At stake was whether these people were Jews and the ways in which diaspora Jews and their host communities influenced one another. This historiographical study draws upon the recent category shift from Jewish to Judaean to argue that Tcherikover focuses on religious observance to test whether people with unknown origins are Jews. By doing so, he rejects that many of the Sambathions are Jews and shifts the evaluation of questionable behavior towards gentiles and God-fearers, thus inadvertently using gentiles to create and/or reinforce Jewish normativity.
DOI 10.1163/15700631-12340145
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Religious Parties and Movements
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Ethnicity
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : History and Civilization : Attitude Toward Jews/Judaism
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Papyrus
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Epigraphy
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Onomastic
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