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Athens in JerusalemClassical Antiquity and Hellenism in the Making of the Modern Secular Jew$
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Yaacov Shavit

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774259

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774259.001.0001

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Conclusion: What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?

Conclusion: What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?

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(p.473) Conclusion: What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?
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Athens in Jerusalem
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Yaacov Shavit

, Chaya Naor, Niki Werner
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781874774259.003.0018

This concluding chapter explores the complex reality of the modern Jerusalem as it has been irrevocably influenced by Athens. The fact that Athens is an integral and essential part of the modern Jerusalem has already been established. Thus, the chapter now considers that, given Athens and Jerusalem are two antipodal entities, can these hostile and contradicting spiritual and cultural entities exist together? It reveals that modern Judaism, namely secular Judaism, inspired by Athens and shaped by the heritage of classical antiquity (and Western values), is a different type of Judaism from the Judaism of previous generations; therefore, the conflict between Athens and Jerusalem in Jerusalem was and is inevitable. This conflict is the core of the struggle over the identity and content of modern Judaism in Palestine.

Keywords:   Athens, Jerusalem, Palestine, modern Judaism, secular Judaism, Western values, classical antiquity, modern Jerusalem

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