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By Jason von Ehrenkrook

This e-book investigates the discourse on idolatry and photographs, in particular statues, within the writings of the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus, with a specific concentrate on his various bills of a contentious and every now and then iconoclastic courting among Jews and photographs. putting this narrative fabric inside a much wider comparative context, either Jewish and non-Jewish, demonstrates that the influence of strict aniconism uniform and specific competition to all figurative artwork rising from Josephus is partly a rhetorical build, an attempt to reframe Jewish iconoclastic habit no longer as a resistance to Roman domination yet as an expression of sure cultural values shared through Jews and Romans alike. Josephus hence articulates during this discourse on photos an concept of Jewish identification that functioned to mitigate an more and more demanding courting among Romans and Jews within the wake of the Jewish insurrection opposed to Rome.

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