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June 17, 2010
Steven Fine Art and Judaism in the Greco-Roman World: Toward a New Jewish Archaelogy New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005. 267 pp.; 87 b/w ills. Paper $36.99 (9780521145671 )
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Many years ago one of my dissertation advisors in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University proclaimed that there was no such thing as Jewish art in antiquity and the late Roman world, there was only Jewish iconography. His claim reflected the view of the generation of scholars that Steven Fine characterizes, somewhat ungenerously, as following the “Jews don’t do art” school of thought (2). The leading figure in this historiography is...