• Bathing Jewish, Bathing Greek: Developing an Approach to De-Categorising Hellenism and Judaism

    Author(s):
    Joseph Scales (see profile)
    Date:
    2022
    Subject(s):
    Judaism--Post-exilic period (Judaism), Archaeology, Israel--Galilee, Judaism
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Hasmonean, Magdala, Hellenism, Hellenistic history, Second Temple Judaism, Archaeology of Galilee
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/akqe-a740
    Abstract:
    Recent works on the categorisation of ancient Judaism have begun to call into question the division between Judaism and Hellenism, often reified as two distinct cultural spheres, even as scholars seek to explain texts and artefacts which show elements traditionally ascribed either to Judaism or Hellenism. These theoretical formulations have made some impact in the discussion of ancient Jewish texts but have so far failed to be fully appreciated in archaeological and architectural scholarship. This article will present the Magdala bathhouse (Galilee) as an example which forces us to re-evaluate the construction of Judaism and Hellenism. It proposes that we should view Judaism as an integral part of Hellenism, and any cultural output of ancient Judaism should be interpreted as a full participant in any definition of Hellenism.
    Notes:
    The attached file is the Author Original Manuscript at the original time of submission. Some revisions were made between this and the version of record, although all minor. Please go to the publishers website for the version of record.
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    Last Updated:
    9 months ago
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