The Artless Jew

The Artless Jew

Medieval and Modern Affirmations and Denials of the Visual

eBook - 2000
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Conventional wisdom holds that Judaism is indifferent or even suspiciously hostile to the visual arts due to the Second Commandment's prohibition on creating "graven images, " the dictates of monotheism, and historical happenstance. This intellectual history of medieval and modern Jewish attitudes toward art and representation overturns the modern assumption of Jewish iconophobia that denies to Jewish culture a visual dimension. Kalman Bland synthesizes evidence from medieval Jewish philosophy, mysticism, poetry, biblical commentaries, travelogues, and law, concluding that premodern Jewish intel.
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 2000.
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1 online resource (233 pages)


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