By Alberdina Houtman, Albert Jong, Magda Misset-Van De Weg
The truth that religions express inner edition and strengthen over the years is not just an issue for believers, yet has additionally lengthy engaged students. this can be very true for the religions of the traditional global, the place the mere concept of innovation in spiritual issues evoked notions of revolution and destruction. With the emergence of latest spiritual identities from the 1st century onwards, we commence to discover lines of a completely new imaginative and prescient of faith. The query used to be no longer even if a specific trust used to be new, yet no matter if it was once precise and the 2 have been now not felt to be at the same time specific. the current quantity brings jointly articles that research this modification, starting from vast overviews to unique case-studies.
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Wolf and Zunz on the dynamic of ancient history While Zunz’ introduction, as we shall soon find out, was not so much about Jewish literature as about the forces that would secure the Jews an equal position within European society, Wolf ’s memorandum skipped the question of how Jewish emancipation should be achieved and instead focussed directly on how the new ‘Jewish Europeanism’ should be fashioned. 2 (1997), 285–90. 7 In that year Zunz published Etwas über die rabbische Litteratur, Berlin 1818, which outlined the first ‘scientific’ approach to Hebrew literature ever, enumerating the various subdisciplines in a manner highly reminiscent of Friedrich August Wolf ’s Darstellung der Alterthumswissenschaft, Berlin 1807.
Isaac Marcus Jost’s (1793–1860) dialectic opposition of primitive, theocratic ‘Israelitentum’ and true, spiritual ‘Judentum’, which he defined as an independent Geist, ‘frei von den Hüllen des Staates’ (in Geschichte des Judentums und seiner Sekten Vol. 1, Leipzig 1857, 1). indd 8 3/5/2008 8:43:12 PM ‘judenthum’, ‘griechenthum’ and ‘christenthum’ 9 One of those tensions was brought about by the first confrontation of Second Temple Judaism with Western civilization, personified by the expanding Griechenthum, which Wolf considered utterly alien to Judaism (‘ein von ihm ganz verschiedenes Prinzip’).
20 Most change was probably accommodated through these two techniques, which makes the occasional use of other types of explanation all the more interesting. In principle, Jews believed that God might intervene directly in history, as had, after all, happened quite frequently in the past according to the Bible. 297. 7. 3 (tr. Danby). 37 (tr. Colson). 23 The decline of the generations was also held to explain the abolition of some specific religious practices, according to the Mishnah: ‘When murderers became many the rite of breaking the heifer’s neck ceased .
Empsychoi Logoi- Religious Innovations in Antiquity: Studies in Honour of Pieter Willem Van Der Horst by Alberdina Houtman, Albert Jong, Magda Misset-Van De Weg