Beyond the Graven Image

A Jewish View

  • Authors
  • Lionel┬áKochan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Lionel Kochan
    Pages 1-2
  3. Lionel Kochan
    Pages 3-29
  4. Lionel Kochan
    Pages 30-52
  5. Lionel Kochan
    Pages 53-75
  6. Lionel Kochan
    Pages 76-92
  7. Lionel Kochan
    Pages 93-111
  8. Lionel Kochan
    Pages 112-135
  9. Lionel Kochan
    Pages 136-158
  10. Lionel Kochan
    Pages 159-170
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 171-223

About this book


The biblical prohibition of images sets Judaism apart, together with Islam, from all other religious systems. This book attempts to explain the reasons for the prohibition - as well as its limits - and then shows how influential it has been in determining aspects of Jewish thinking in relation to such key concepts as holiness, symbolism, mediation between man and God, aesthetics and the role of memory in religion. Why is music the one art to which Judaism is hospitable? Is Judaism a religion of the ear rather than the eye? What is the real issue at stake in the age-old debate between Jerusalem and Athens? How do these issues relate to the iconoclastic movements in Byzantine Christianity and the Reformation? Lionel Kochan makes clear that to the prohibition of the graven image there is more than meets the eye.


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