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By Alberdina Houtman, Albert Jong, Magda Misset-Van De Weg

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The truth that religions convey inner edition and improve over the years is not just an issue for believers, yet has additionally lengthy engaged students. this can be very true for the religions of the traditional international, the place the mere suggestion of innovation in non secular issues evoked notions of revolution and destruction. With the emergence of latest non secular identities from the 1st century onwards, we start to discover lines of a wholly new imaginative and prescient of faith. The query used to be now not no matter if a specific trust used to be new, yet even if it was once actual and the 2 have been now not felt to be collectively unique. the current quantity brings jointly articles that examine this variation, starting from large overviews to particular case-studies.

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But the multifaceted nature of this revolution encompassed other areas than the ritual and its transformations. This is true, for instance, for psychological conceptions, for the place and role of books in religious life, and for the passage from an essentially civic to a mainly communitarian nature of religion. 4 More precisely, he has singled out in this context the loss of public political space and its effect on the mental map, a new hierarchical structure of time, the loss of a philosophical basis of polytheism and the privatization of religious communication.

300 bce to the compilation of the Mishnah. Jews adopted new religious practices, such as new purity rules and new ways of keeping the Sabbath. They espoused new religious ideas, such as notions of life after death, the pervasive influence of angels, and the transmission of Jewish identity through the maternal line. Ancient practices such as the sotah ceremony, the Jubilee, and the roasting of the Pesach lamb came to an end, and their cessation was openly acknowledged. 8 How had such changes come about?

Consciously departing from the medieval topos, he no longer interpreted Diaspora as synonymous with political and cultural loss, but instead chose to understand it as the ultimate condition for all Jewish endeavour: in his opinion, it was only in exile that Judaism would be able to reach its full, spiritual potential. Leopold Zunz, in his turn, commented upon the other, non-Jewish end of the political scale. In a highly critical recapitulation of the historical encounters between the ancient Jews, Greeks, and Christians, he extolled the merits of the liberal Nationalstaat, embodied by the (multi-ethnic but culturally uniform) Islamic empire of the Middle 21 The Wissenschaft’s veneration for the culturally open and politically tolerant Islam, often identified with medieval al-Andalus, is well known.

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