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date: 26 October 2021

p. 11. Nameslocked

p. 11. Nameslocked

  • David N. Myers

Abstract

The Jews were, for much of their existence, a diaspora people. Accordingly, the guiding image of Jewish history must be modified to include multiple sites scattered over time and place, enabling a wide array of cultural expressions, but at the same time mandating the cultivation of an ongoing network of communication and mutual aid. “Names” explains that there are long-standing beliefs, rituals, kinship ties, and a historical consciousness that have lent a deep sense of a common fate and experience to Jews, but the Jews have chosen to identify themselves in different, though connected, ways from the time of Abraham (c. 2000–1900 BCE) to the present day.

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