Paper#1- Imagined Community

Paper#1- Imagined Community - Michelle Riesenfeld TA: Kevin...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Michelle Riesenfeld TA: Kevin Mattison Paper#1: Imagined Community “Stories help to create ‘imagined communities’; they articulate a compelling link between people whose actual connections might be tenuous” (Satlow 79). Throughout history, various texts have been written that have created an imagined community of ancient Israel. Although it is unclear what actually occurred during the monarchic period, it is obvious that at some point, a distinctive Jewish identity emerged. These Jews were able to distinguish themselves from their neighbors through their beliefs, practices and stories (Satlow 79). Through stories about the Jewish people, it is apparent that an imagined community developed, in which Jews became a united and unique group different from any other. The story of “The Mother and Her Seven Sons” illuminates the unconditional loyalty of some Jews to their God through courageous acts that exhibit their trust in God’s commands. By maintaining a faithful commitment to God, hopefulness in eternal life, and an understanding of the importance of the Torah, the characters of this story behave in the ways that are expected of them by God alone. This unchanging mentality holds true for the mother and her seven sons, who undergo suffering for their religion and are rewarded by God for doing so. One of the ways in which “The Mother and Her Seven Sons,” displays an
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 03/14/2012 for the course HEBRST 211 taught by Professor Jordan during the Fall '11 term at Wisconsin.

Page1 / 4

Paper#1- Imagined Community - Michelle Riesenfeld TA: Kevin...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online