By Susan Sorek
This is often the 1st monograph dedicated to the procedure of group benefaction practised through Jews in Palestine from the second one century BCE to the 6th century CE. crucial is the facts from synagogue inscriptions erected to consumers and donors from the second one century CE onwards. most of these inscriptions are reviewed, including a second look of ways they're to be translated. Sorek is principally drawn to the incentive for benefactions, and concludes that the Jewish process attested within the inscriptions is particular to the Jewish group. It was once no longer in basic terms a replica of the well known Graeco-Roman procedure of euergetism, within which wealthy voters contributed from their wealth to public bills. yet neither was once the Jewish method thoroughly an expression of charity, as has frequently been concept. Sorek argues that the benefaction approach is better understood as an expression of hesed, the that means of which she explores intimately.
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