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Suffering as Identity: The Jewish Paradigm
Reaching from biblical times to the present day, Esther Benbassa’s prize-winning exploration of Jewish identity is both epic and comprehensive. She shows how in the Jewish world the representation and ritualization of suffering has shaped the history of both the people and the religion. Benbassa argues that the nineteenth century gave rise to a Jewish “lachrymose” historiography, and that Jewish history was increasingly seen to be a “valley of tears” — a development that has become even more dominant since the Holocaust.
ISBN 13: 9781844674046 | ISBN 10: 1844674045
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