Midrash as literary revolt against Hellenism.
A rabbi’s provocative thesis.
The menorah and a tale of two flames.
Some disjointed aphorisms may be a polemic against a popular philosophy.
The Greeks, like their anti-Zionist heirs, sought to strike at the heart of Jewish difference.
Jews were neither xenophobes nor perpetual victims.
And may help clarify Jerusalem’s borders at the time.
Including a romance about the biblical Joseph.
Along with a Byzantine church.
It’s more than a family squabble.
Justice would come to the oppressive Greeks in the afterlife.
In Culture and Anarchy, the preeminent Victorian intellectual Matthew Arnold famously wrote of the contest between those human endeavors that are noble, ennobling, and beautiful. . .
Why do so many ancient synagogue mosaics in Israel feature pagan symbols? (2012)