Introductory reflections on embodiment in hellenistic judaism

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This article examines different uses of the body to express identity in Judeo-Hellenistic narratives. It analyzes four interplays where the body stands for the human self, either as a factor of recognition, as expression of national and religious identity, as a way to mock one's religion and ethnicity, and as a representation of the living self. The body therefore appears, well before the Rabbinic period, as a frequent resource to express and construct identity. The research confirms recent studies, which have shown that Diasporic communities tend to inscribe identity on the body, rather than use territorial markers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-19
Number of pages15
JournalJournal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 1 2011


  • Diaspora
  • Embodiment
  • Hellenism
  • body
  • identity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies


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