The specter of the Jews : Emperor Julian and the rhetoric of ethnicity in Syrian Antioch /

In the generation after Constantine the Great elevated Christianity to a dominant position in the Roman Empire, his nephew, the Emperor Julian, sought to reinstate the old gods to their former place of prominence, in the face of intense opposition from the newly powerful Christian church. In early 3...

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Finkelstein, Ari, 1971- (Author)
Format: Book
Published: Berkeley : University of California Press, [2018]
Series:S. Mark Taper Foundation imprint in Jewish studies.
Table of Contents:
  • Introduction : Emperor Julian's Jewish gambit
  • Julian's Hellenizing program and the Jews
  • Setting the stage : Hellenes, Christians, and Jews in cosmopolitan Antioch
  • Hebrews, Jews, and Judeans : Julian's ethnographic arguments and his Hellenizing campaign
  • Propitiating the gods, saving the empire : the place of Jewish sacrifice in Emperor Julian's Hellenizing program
  • A priestly nation : the institution of the Jewish priesthood as a model for Julian's priestly program
  • The god of Jerusalem and his temple
  • Creating and maintaining holy space in Antioch
  • Conclusions : Antioch in the aftermath of Julian
  • Appendix : the letter to the community of the Jews.