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Hebraism

Steven Grosby

in Judaic Sources and Western Thought

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199583157
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728952 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583157.003.0004
Hebraism

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This chapter argues for Hebraism as a historiograhpical category. In doing so, it considers the theological, political, historical and legal expressions of Hebraism such that, when taken together, one is entitled to evaluate Hebraism as a distinctive cultural pattern. The merit of this investigation rests upon the heuristic usefulness in 1) distinguishing Hebraism, as the third culture, from Hellenism (and Roman culture) and Christianity, at least as the latter is understood dogmatically; and 2) combining together a number of historical developments, for example, biblical criticism, nationality, common law, that are otherwise obscured by various categories such as ‘modernity’.

Keywords: Hebraism; Third Culture; historiography; nationality; common law; biblical criticism

Chapter.  9481 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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