Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 23.1 (2004) 192-213
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American Jewish Life
These essays offer a recollection of the author's Brooklyn upbringing in the 1960s and 1970s. His immigrant Jewish heritage and his bodily history form the core of the book.
In the period between 1925 and 1951, a time of depression, war, and social upheaval, Jewish musical theater writers imagined an optimistic, meritocratic, selectively inclusive America fashioned through song and dance. The works of these composers, librettists, and performers transformed the experience of New York Jews into the grand acts of being American. Andrea Most weaves together the stories of Jewish acculturation in America and the development of the American musical to understand twentieth-century American culture and the history of popular forms.
Ancient World and Archaeology
Oded Borowski describes the natural setting and the people who occupied ancient Israel as well as the rural and urban economic activities. The book also addresses cultural, social, and religious activities as well as art, music, and the place of writing in Israelite society.
This volume is a cross-disciplinary assessment of First Temple Jerusalem, which summarizes and critiques earlier theories about its status as a religious and political center. [End Page 192]
This volume examines the recently published poetical and liturgical texts from Qumran against the background of Second Temple Judaism, its biblical antecedents, and later rabbinic developments. Topics range from magic, mysticism, and thanksgiving to lamentation, fast day rituals, communal worship, and the relationship between the prayers from Qumran and the traditional Jewish prayers.
Andrew S. Jacobs studies the rise of the Christian Empire in late antiquity through the manner in which Christian authors wrote about Jews. The book employs contemporary cultural studies, particularly postcolonial criticism, to read Christian writings about holy land Jews as colonial writings. The book reexamines familiar types of literature—biblical interpretation, histories, sermons, letters—from a new perspective in order to understand how power and resistance shaped religious identities in the later Roman Empire.
This volume investigates whether women in a polytheistic society had a better position than women in a monotheistic society. Hennie J. Marsman compares the social and religious position of women in Ugarit according to its literary texts with that of women in Israel according to the Hebrew Bible, while the wider context of the ancient Near East is also taken into consideration.
Art, Music, and Film
While seen as a prodigy and genius, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy is most famous as...