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12. Defining Judaism: The Case of Philo

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1. Title Title of document 12. Defining Judaism: The Case of Philo - Theorizing Religion in Antiquity
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Michael Satlow; Brown University;
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies; Ancient History
4. Subject Keyword(s) religion in antiquity; ancient religion; ancient history; classics
5. Subject Subject classification ancient religion
6. Description Abstract Despite the wide scholarly recognition of and dissatisfaction with the first-order essentialism inherent in the academic study of individual 'religions' or 'traditions', scholars have been far slower to develop nonessentialist models that take seriously both the plurality of religious communities that all identify as part of the same religion and the characteristics that allow these communities to see themselves as members of a single 'religion'. This article, building on earlier work by Jacob Neusner and Jonathan Z. Smith, and taking Philo as a case study, attempts to develop a polythetic model for Judaism that has implications not only for the study of 'Judaism' but more broadly also for how scholars might develop individual 'traditions' as useful second-order categories of analysis.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 13-May-2019
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.29502
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Theorizing Religion in Antiquity
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) worldwide,
6th century BCE to 4th century CE
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