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Writing on the Wall: Graffiti and the Forgotten Jews of Antiquity

Karen B. Stern

Abstract

Few direct clues exist to the everyday lives and beliefs of ordinary Jews in antiquity. Prevailing perspectives on ancient Jewish life have been shaped largely by the voices of intellectual and social elites, preserved in the writings of Philo and Josephus and the rabbinic texts of the Mishnah and Talmud. Commissioned art, architecture, and formal inscriptions displayed on tombs and synagogues equally reflect the sensibilities of their influential patrons. The perspectives and sentiments of nonelite Jews, by contrast, have mostly disappeared from the historical record. Focusing on these forgot ... More

Keywords: graffiti, Jews, Jewish life, prayer, commerce, civic engagement, Judaism, Christianity, paganism, Islam

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780691161334
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691161334.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karen B. Stern, author
Brooklyn College, CUNY