By Beatrice Groves

ISBN-10: 110711327X

ISBN-13: 9781107113275

This publication explores the autumn of Jerusalem and restores to its rightful position one of many key explanatory tropes of early sleek English tradition. displaying the significance of Jerusalem's destruction in sermons, ballads, puppet indicates and provincial drama of the interval, Beatrice Groves brings a brand new viewpoint to works via canonical authors similar to Marlowe, Nashe, Shakespeare, Dekker and Milton. the amount additionally bargains a traditionally compelling and wide-ranging account of significant shifts in cultural attitudes in the direction of Judaism by means of situating texts of their wider cultural and theological context. Groves examines the continuities and alterations among medieval and early smooth theatre, London as an imagined neighborhood and how that narratives approximately Jerusalem and Judaism trained notions of English id within the wake of the Reformation. Adopting an interdisciplinary strategy, this quantity will curiosity researchers and upper-level scholars of early sleek literature, spiritual reports and theatre.

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Visual culture: Catholic and Protestant perspectives The first images of the fall of Jerusalem were Roman works of art. Josephus describes in detail the quasi-dramatic tableaux which were displayed in the Flavian triumphal procession: The Pageants that were born in that triumph, were of an admirable bignesse, so that the people that behelde them wondred how it was possible that men should carrie them: for many were builded with three or foure lofts one aboue another, surpassing all that can be imagined of them for worke and cost, for many of them were hanged about with Tapestrie of gold; and all things annexed vnto them, wheron they were carried, were made of wrought gould or Iuorie.

40 This tropological understanding of Jerusalem is something which Gregory the Great draws on in his homilies as an image 38 39 40 Eusebius, The Proof of the Gospel being the Demonstratio Evangelica of Eusebius of Caesarea, trans. W. J. Ferrar, 2 vols. (London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1920), vol. i, 35. George Widley, The Doctrine of the Sabbath, Handled in Fovre Severall Bookes or Treatises (London: Thomas Man, 1604), 190. John Cassian, The Conferences, ed. and trans. 2–4. 42–7) he glosses Jesus’ prophecy of the destruction of Jerusalem as relevant to the souls of all: ‘Indeed the days will come, when your enemies will surround you with ramparts .

I, ll. 248–68, 403–8, 420–8, 492–503; James D. G. Dunn, The Parting of the Ways between Christianity and Judaism and their Significance for the Character of Christianity (London: SCM Press, 1991), 234, 87; The Didache; the Epistle of Barnabas [ . . ], ed. James A. , 1957), 60; E. Mary Smallwood, The Jews under Roman Rule: From Pompey to Diocletian, ed. Jacob Neusner (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1976), 346–8, 434–5, 445. Kenneth R. D. 70: Apocalypses and Related Pseudoepigraphia (Leiden: Brill, 2011), 271–80 and passim.

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