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Jewish Quarterly Review
Jewish Late Antiquity is a notoriously difficult period to see clearly; not only is the evidence sparse and idiosyncratic but the stakes are high and our lenses are perennially clouded. After all, the first centuries of the Common Era are the cradle of both Christianity and classical Judaism. The significance of this era is of intense and decidedly proprietary interest to many contemporary scribes no less than it was to ancient polemicists and practitioners. The methodological and confessional biases that inform the history of this period are, if not different in kind, then perhaps distinguished in degree from those that inflect all historical endeavors. The dangers posed, while hardly new to the field, are nonetheless persistent: we still need to sort out the very language and terms with which we do our work.
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Natalie B. Dohrmann, Classical Judaism, Common Era, Jewish Late Antiquity, Formative Judaism
Dohrmann, Natalie B., "Name Calling: Thinking About (the Study of) Judaism in Late Antiquity" (2009). Departmental Papers (Religious Studies). 6.
Date Posted: 08 September 2017
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