By Kalman P. Bland
Conventional knowledge holds that Judaism is detached or maybe suspiciously antagonistic to the visible arts as a result moment Commandment's prohibition on growing "graven images," the dictates of monotheism, and old happenstance. This highbrow heritage of medieval and smooth Jewish attitudes towards paintings and illustration overturns the trendy assumption of Jewish iconophobia that denies to Jewish tradition a visible dimension.
Kalman Bland synthesizes facts from medieval Jewish philosophy, mysticism, poetry, biblical commentaries, travelogues, and legislation, concluding that premodern Jewish intellectuals held a favorable, liberal realizing of the second one Commandment and did, in truth, articulate a definite Jewish aesthetic. He attracts in this perception to think about glossy rules of Jewish paintings, revealing how they're inextricably associated with different notions approximately smooth Jewish id which are themselves entwined with arguments over Zionism, integration, and anti-Semitism.
Through its use of the prior to light up the current and its research of ways the current informs our readings of the prior, this booklet establishes a brand new review of Jewish aesthetic thought rooted in old research. Authoritative and unique in its id of real Jewish traditions of portray, sculpture, and structure, this quantity will ripple the waters of numerous disciplines, together with Jewish experiences, artwork historical past, medieval and sleek heritage, and philosophy.