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By Burton L. Visotzky

Hard to think yet true:

- The Passover Seder is a Greco-Roman symposium banquet
- The Talmud rabbis offered themselves as Stoic philosophers
- Synagogue constructions have been Roman basilicas
- Hellenistic rhetoric professors informed sons of well-to-do Jews
- Zeus-Helios is depicted in synagogue mosaics throughout historic Israel
- The Jewish courts have been named after the Roman political establishment, the Sanhedrin
- In Israel there have been synagogues the place the prayers have been recited in Greek.

Historians have lengthy debated the (re)birth of Judaism within the wake of the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple cult through the Romans in 70 CE. What changed that sacrificial cult used to be without delay anything new–indebted to the very tradition of the Roman overlords–even because it additionally sought to maintain what little it may possibly of the outdated Israelite faith. The Greco-Roman tradition within which rabbinic Judaism grew within the first 5 centuries of the typical period nurtured the improvement of Judaism as we nonetheless understand and have a good time it this day.

Arguing that its transformation from a Jerusalem-centered cult to an international faith was once made attainable by way of the Roman Empire, Rabbi Burton Visotzky offers Judaism as a particularly Roman faith. choked with interesting aspect from the everyday life and tradition of Jewish groups around the Hellenistic international, Aphrodite and the Rabbis will entice someone drawn to the improvement of Judaism, faith, historical past, paintings and architecture.

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