Jewish Martyrs in the Pagan and Christian Worlds

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 30, 2009 - Religion - 428 pages
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Spanning the Hellenistic period to the high Middle Ages, this history of Jewish martyrdom challenges the general consensus that martyrdom was an original Hellenisitic Jewish idea. Instead, Jews like Philo and Josephus internalized the idealized Roman concept of voluntary death and presented it as an old Jewish practice. While martyrs and martyrologies intended to show how Judaisim differed from Christianity, they, in fact, reveal a common mindset. Although the medieval martyrological option was played down during the Holocaust, medieval martyrologies are still featured in contemporary Ashkenazic prayers.

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Shepkaru's book is well-researched and well-presented, a good complement to his lectures. Read full review

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Shmuel Shepkaru is an Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Oklahoma University.

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