Judaism: A Quarterly Journal of Jewish Life and Thought

Articles from Vol. 46, No. 2, Spring

From the King's Sanctuary to the Chosen City
Towards the end of the first commonwealth, in the seventh century B.C.E., a new concept is introduced in several biblical works, that of the chosen place or city. This concept is most prominent in the book of Deuteronomy, where it is one of the most...
Hasmonian Jesuralem: A Jewish City in a Hellenistic Orbit
By the hasmonean period (CA. 160-63 B.C.E.), Jerusalem had been under Jewish hegemony for almost one thousand years. The city had come to be regarded, by Jew and non-Jew alike, as a quintessentially Jewish city. Its population was overwhelmingly Jewish,...
Jerusalem and Its Temple in the Beginnings of the Christian Movement
Jesus or Nazareth was a galilean prophet and healer who was executed on the orders of Pontius Pilate, the Roman prefect of Judea, about the year 30 C.E. After his death, his followers "saw" him in some sense or other, and they became convinced that in...
Jerusalem and Mecca
Jerusalem and Mecca are two of the most famous holy cities in the world. An enormous amount of literature and scholarly treatises has been written about each one of them. Nevertheless very little if anything has been done in way of comparative study....
Jerusalem as the 'Omphalos' of the World: On the History of Geographical Concept
Jerusalem has evoked many images but none is perhaps more vivid and abiding than that of the Holy City as the center and navel of the earth. A series of mediaeval Christian maps, of which the Hereford mappa mundi is perhaps the best known ([ILLUSTRATION...
Jerusalem in Jewish Law and Custom: A Preliminary Typology
Jewish literature(1) written during the past 2,000 years has preserved hundreds, if not thousands, of laws and customs related to the city of Jerusalem. This material has been collected in many books and articles, but no attempt has been made thus far...
Jerusalem in Jewish Liturgy
The Historical Problem There can be little doubt that Jerusalem occupies an honored place in the medley of religious ideas formulated and transmitted by Jewish circles through countless generations. Equally incontrovertible is the notion that liturgy...
Jerusalem: The Christian Holy City
Christian Jerusalem is at once a fact of history and a work of the imagination. The actual city, the place where King David ruled and Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, is irrevocably part of Christian memory. What happened there, whether one thinks of...
Remembering Anne Frank
In 1995, fifty years after Anne Frank's death, the publication of two books and the release of a documentary film shed new light both on her life and on how the world has come to know her. In An Obsession with Anne Frank, Lawrence Graver, tells the story...
The New Liturgies
These are not especially devout times in the history of our people's spiritual career. I would not have expected in advance any outpouring of new prayer books of quality and imagination. Perhaps it is precisely the void in our inner lives that calls...
The Quest for Jerusalem
During all of their many exiles, Jews have longed to travel to the holy city of Jerusalem. This is not only a journey to the heart of the Holy Land, but also a quest for the Shekhinah, who is so closely linked to the Kotel, the Wailing Wall, all that...
'World Over' and Jewish Cultural Literacy
From 1940 to 1983 the New York Board of Jewish Education published World Over. A children's magazine, its purpose was to increase the level of cultural literacy among young members of the Jewish community. Not partisan to any particular sect, the magazine...
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