An early history of compassion: emotion and imagination in Hellenistic Judaism

In this book, Françoise Mirguet traces the appropriation and reinterpretation of pity by Greek-speaking Jewish communities of Late Antiquity. Pity and compassion, in this corpus, comprised a hybrid of Hebrew, Greek, and Roman constructions; depending on the texts, they were a spontaneous feeling, a...

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Main Author: Mirguet, Françoise
Format: Electronic Book
Language:English
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Published: Cambridge Cambridge University Press 2017.
Reviews:[Rezension von: Françoise Mirguet, An early history of compassion. Emotion and imagination in hellenistic Judaism] (2019) (Glass, R. Gillian)
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Early Judaism / Sympathy / Early Judaism
Further subjects:B Judaism ; History ; Post-exilic period, 586 B.C.-210 A.D
B Jewish literature ; History and criticism
B Judaism History, Post-exilic period, 586 B.C.-210 A.D.
B Jews History, 586 B.C.-70 A.D.
B Compassion
B Jewish literature History and criticism
B Jews History 586 B.C.-70 A.D
B Jews ; History ; 586 B.C.-70 A.D
B Judaism History Post-exilic period, 586 B.C.-210 A.D
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
Parallel Edition:Electronic
Print version: 9781107146266
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Summary:In this book, Françoise Mirguet traces the appropriation and reinterpretation of pity by Greek-speaking Jewish communities of Late Antiquity. Pity and compassion, in this corpus, comprised a hybrid of Hebrew, Greek, and Roman constructions; depending on the texts, they were a spontaneous feeling, a practice, a virtue, or a precept of the Mosaic law. The requirement to feel for those who suffer sustained the identity of the Jewish minority, both creating continuity with its traditions and emulating dominant discourses. Mirguet's book will be of interest to scholars of early Judaism and Christianity for its sensitivity to the role of feelings and imagination in the shaping of identity. An important contribution to the history of emotions, it explores the role of the emotional imagination within the context of Roman imperialism. It also contributes to understanding how compassion has come to be so highly valued in Western cultures.
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ISBN:1316536521
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1017/9781316536520