JRC Feb 4 - February 4, 2008 Notes MIDTERM HANDED OUT NEXT...

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February 4, 2008 Notes MIDTERM HANDED OUT NEXT WEEK Small number returned from Babylonia after exile o Marks beginning of Jewish Diaspora Diaspora= situation of living outside your homeland A Jewish community that by choice lived outside the homeland Jewish Peoplehood- based on religious, cultural, and ethnic ties A collectivity not based on location I. Second Temple a. Some people return i. Begin rebuilding temple ii. Completed 515 BC (1 st Temple destroyed in 586 BCE) iii. Took a long time because people were extremely impoverished iv. Lasted until 70 BCE v. Persian emperors allowed the people to self-rule upon return vi. Ezra and Nehemiah books recorded return 1. Ezra’s efforts to renew covenant 2. Most difficult struggle= convince Israelites to not marry wives from other communities a. Jewishness passes down on the Mother’s side b. Very small community (shortage of women) vii. Shift away from prophets b. Hellenism= Greek culture
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i. Concentrated among cities and upper class
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PHL 285 taught by Professor Sufrin during the Spring '08 term at Northeastern.

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JRC Feb 4 - February 4, 2008 Notes MIDTERM HANDED OUT NEXT...

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