How to Read the Jewish Bible

ISBN-10: 0195325222

ISBN-13: 9780195325225

Edition: 2007

Authors: Marc Zvi Brettler

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While social and cultural historians of imperial India have enhanced our knowledge of how British men and women made their lives and careers in the Empire, the wider family practices that lay behind Britain's presence in India have received scant attention to date. 'Empire Families' brings these to the fore by focusing on child-rearing patterns and family experiences taking place on both British and Indian soil, as well as the life course these men and women took.Family conduct is significant in the class, racial, and cultural dimensions of the colonial community between the late nineteenth century and decolonization in 1947. What is more, it helps explain how, and why, so many families developed multi-generational histories in India without becoming permanent settlers. Repeated travels between metropole and colony punctuated the life course: childhood overseas followed by separation from parents and education in Britain; adult returns to India throughcareers or marriage; furloughs, and ultimately retirement, in Britain. Transience and formative metropolitan experiences distinguished better-off Britons not only from the colonized but also from the social inferiors from their own diverse community, racially ambiguous 'domiciled Europeans', andAnglo-Indians. Yet 'coming home' simultaneously reinforced their awareness of cultural differences and alienation from British middle class society. Nostalgia for childhood and adult years in India was common among repatriates, and indeed finds private as well as public expression in Britain well into the post-colonial era. In this first study of family life in colonial India, Buettner highlights the social significance both of growing up in the raj and of the itinerant colonial lifestyle.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

Preface to the paperback edition
Reading as a Jew and as a Scholar
What is the Bible, Anyway?
The Art of Reading the Bible
A Brief History of Israel
With Scissors and Paste: The Source of Genesis-Creation vs. Creationism: Genesis 1-3 as Myth
The Ancestors as Heroes-Biblical Law: Codes and Collections Incense is Offensive to Me: The Cult in Ancient Israel
""In the Fortieth YearMoses Addressed the Israelites"": Deuteronomy
""The Walls Came Tumbling Down"": Reading
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