Rabbinic Body Language: Non-Verbal Communication in Palestinian Rabbinic Literature of Late Antiquity

Preliminary Material -- Introduction -- Appearance and Demeanor -- Posture and Spatial Behavior -- Gestures -- Facial Expressions -- Conclusions: Body Language in Rabbinic Literature -- Bibliography -- Index of Sources -- Index of Subjects.

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Published in:Journal for the study of Judaism
Main Author: Hezser, Catherine 1960-
Format: Electronic Book
Language:English
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Published: Leiden Boston Brill 2017
In: Journal for the study of Judaism (179)
Year: 2017, Volume: 179
Series/Journal:Journal for the study of Judaism Supplements to the Journal for the study of Judaism 179
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Late Antiquity / Rabbinic literature / Nonverbal communication / Body language
B Late Antiquity / Rabbinic literature / Body language / Nonverbal communication
Further subjects:B Nonverbal communication in rabbinical literature
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Summary:Preliminary Material -- Introduction -- Appearance and Demeanor -- Posture and Spatial Behavior -- Gestures -- Facial Expressions -- Conclusions: Body Language in Rabbinic Literature -- Bibliography -- Index of Sources -- Index of Subjects.
This study constitutes the first comprehensive examination of rabbinic body language represented in Palestinian rabbinic sources of late antiquity. Catherine Hezser examines rabbis’ appearance and demeanor, spatial movement, gestures, and facial expressions on the basis of literary and social-anthropological methods and theories. She discusses the various forms of rabbis’ non-verbal communication in the context of Graeco-Roman and ancient Christian literary sources and in connection with the material culture of Roman and early Byzantine Palestine. Catherine Hezser convincingly shows that in rabbinic literature body language serves as an important means of rabbis’ self-fashioning. Rabbinic texts create the image of a particularly Jewish type of intellectual who functioned and competed for adherents within the highly visual and body-conscious environment of late antiquity
ISBN:900433906X
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1163/9789004339064