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Jews, Christians, and the Roman Empire: The Poetics of Power in Late Antiquity
In histories of ancient Jews and Judaism, the Roman Empire looms large. For all the attention to the Jewish Revolt and other conflicts, however, there has been less concern for situating Jews within Roman imperial contexts; just as Jews are frequently dismissed as atypical by scholars of Roman history, so Rome remains invisible in many studies of rabbinic and other Jewish sources written under Roman rule. Jews, Christians, and the Roman Empire brings Jewish perspectives to bear on long-standing debates concerning Romanization, Christianization, and late antiquity. Focusing on the third to sixth centuries, it draws together specialists in Jewish and Christian history, law, literature, poetry, and art. Perspectives from rabbinic and patristic sources are juxtaposed with evidence from piyyutim, documentary papyri, and synagogue and church mosaics. Through these case studies, contributors highlight paradoxes, subtleties, and ironies of Romanness and imperial power.
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Yoshiko Reed, A., & Dohrmann, N. B. (2013). Introduction: Rethinking Romanness, Provincializing Christendom. In A. Yoshiko Reed & N.B. Dohrmann (Eds.), Jews, Christians, and the Roman Empire (pp. 1-21). Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Date Posted: 08 September 2017