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Max I. Dimont Jews, God and History (1962) I. 4 'Religion is packaged'. "Why did the Jews of Judah survive whereas the Jews of Israel did not?". Two ideas: 1) canonization of part of Holy Scripture > the Word of God

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Max i dimont jews god and history 1962 i 4 religion is packaged
Max I. DimontJews, God and History (1962)I. 4 'Religion is packaged'


Why did the jews of judah survive whereas the jews of israel did not

"Why did the Jews of Judah survive whereas the Jews of Israel did not?"

Two ideas: 1) canonization of part of Holy Scripture > the Word of God

2) The "packaging" of Judaism: making it independent of any physical place.


Josiah

Josiah Israel did not?"

- Attributed his reforms of Judaism to G-d.

- Dimont describes Josiah as having J and E fused into Deuteronomy. However, this is inconsistent with more recent scholarship.

- Dimont acknowledges possibility that Deuteronomy was rediscovered.


Charismatic authority
Charismatic authority Israel did not?"

  • Dimont argues that Josiah's reforms gave jews a desire to follow the Mosaic law of their own volition.


The prophets
The Prophets Israel did not?"

  • Dimont claims that the essence of successive prophets' teachings was that morality was more important than ritual.


Babylonian captivity
Babylonian Captivity Israel did not?"

  • Jews replaced The Temple with synagogues

  • Jews replaced ritual with prayer

  • Dimont argues a) Josiah and the prophets' innovations were a precursor of these ones, b) this is why the Jews of Judah were able to survive where the Jews of Israel didn't.


Babylonian captivity1
Babylonian Captivity Israel did not?"

  • Jews exposed to flourishing intellectual culture.

  • When the Persian king Cyrus conquered the Babylonians and allowed the Jews to return to Jerusalem, they didn't all desire to go immediately.


Rebuilding of the temple
Rebuilding of the Temple Israel did not?"

  • Jews who returned to Jerusalem built the Second Temple (the Western Wall).

  • Persians did not let the Jews have a king so they were ruled by a High Priest in collaboration with a popular assembly.


Nehemiah ezra
Nehemiah & Ezra Israel did not?"

  • Nehemiah was a Jew appointed as the Persian governor of Jerusalem

  • Ezra led the second wave of Jews who returned from Babylon to Jerusalem

  • Ban on intermarriage

  • Canonisation of the Torah

  • Midrash (exposition)

  • Synagogues as well as the Temple


Dimont watson
Dimont + Watson? Israel did not?"

In what ways are Watson & Dimont's accountsof the Jewish exile in Babylon consistent?

In what ways are Watson & Dimont's accountsof the Jewish exile in Babylon inconsistent?


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