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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman | Galit Hasan-Rokem | Ora Schwarzwald
1. Judeo-Arabic As in many traditional cultures, Arabic-speaking Jews drew upon a rich lexicon of proverbs, maxims, and aphorisms in both oral and written expression. These gnomic expressions, in addition to being original creations, derived from a variety of sources. The specifically Jewish sources included biblical and rabbinic literature, and the principal non-Jewish source was the local Arab milieu. Specifically Muslim dicta from the Qur’an and ḥadīth rarely entered Judeo-Arabic usage. Rather,…
Date: 2015-09-03


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Author(s): Galit Hasan-Rokem, Jerusalem
Ahasver is the usual name for the figure of the Eternal or Wandering Jew which has constituted the most important symbol of the Jewish people in European culture since the Early Modern Era. Because of this symbolic importance, the figure’s history and phenomenology yield many insights into European culture itself. In addition, the motif of the Wandering Jew is significant as a cultural expression and interpretation of Jewish mobility - and sometimes of mobility in general. 1. IntroductionThe figure of the Wandering Jew emerged within European culture through a long colle…
Date: 2017-08-17