A Roadmap to the Heavens

A Roadmap to the Heavens

An Anthropological Study of Hegemony Among Priests, Sages, and Laymen

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Academic Studies Press
A Roadmap to the Heavens challenges readers to rethink prevailing ideas about the social map of Jewish society during the Tannaitic period (70 C.E. – 220 C.E.). New insights were made possible by applying anthropological theories and conceptual tools. In addition, social phenomena were better understood by comparing them to similar social phenomena in other cultures regardless of time and space. The book explores the rich and complex relationships between the Sages, Priests, and laymen who competed for hegemony in social, cultural, and political arenas. The struggle was not simply a case of attempting to displace the priestly elite by a new scholarly elite. Rather, in the process of constituting a counter-hegemony, the attitude of the Sages towards the Priests entailed ambivalent psychological mechanisms, such as attraction – rejection, imitation – denial, and cooperation – confrontation. The book further reveals that to achieve political and social power the Sages used the established hegemonic priestly discourse to undermine the existing social structure. The innovative discovery of this monograph is that while the Sages professed a new social order based on intellectual achievement, they retained elements of the old order, such as family attribution, group nepotism, endogamy, ritual purity and impurity, and secret knowledge. Thus, social mobility based on education was available only to privileged social classes. The conclusion of the book is that even though the Sages resisted the priestly hegemony and attempted to disengage from it, they could not free themselves from the shackles of the priestly discourse and praxis.

Sylvan Dell Pub
The challenge of this book has been to rethink prevailing ideas about the social map of Jewish society during the rabbinic period in Israel. New insights were made possible by using anthropological theories and tools.

Baker
& Taylor

The challenge of this book has been to rethink prevailing ideas about the social map of Jewish society during the rabbinic period in Israel. The book explores the rich and complex relationships among the sages, priests, and laymen who competed in social, cultural, and political arenas for hegemony. In the process of constituting a counter-hegemony of the sages, there was a complex push-pull process: attraction-rejection, imitation-denial, and cooperation-confrontation. They undermined the old order by using the old hegemonic priestly discourse.

Academic Studies Pr
From an anthropological perspective, Sigalit Ben-Zion re-examines and re-interprets the power struggle between former Temple priests and Jewish scholars during the Rabbinic period of Jewish history. Uncovering far more complex social interaction amidst the re-negotiating of authority over Jewish life, Ben-Zion discovers the unexpected ways in which the priests influenced the sages, even as they lost control over the destiny of the Jewish people.

Publisher: Boston : Academic Studies Press, 2009
ISBN: 9781618110374
1618110373
1934843148
9781934843147
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiii, 349 pages)

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