By Gillian Feeley-Harnik

"Feeley-Harnik is predicated either at the common anthropology of meals principles and different structures of class and at the specific heritage of foodstuff imagery in post-exilic Judaism to supply a context for her research. Taking the final supper including the crucifixion and resurrection, she unearths a amazing and thorough reversal of the symbols, values, and pursuits of the Jewish Passover ritual... The Lord's Table sincerely demonstrates what anthropology can give a contribution to the restoration of the social global of early Christianity."
- Eugene V. Gallagher, Patristics

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The revolt returned Jews to political power, but it did not unify them. The history of the Hasmoneans is one of almost constant civil and religious strife, ending only when Rome, stepping in ostensibly to aid one of two warring Hasmonean brothers, took Judea for itself. , following the complaints of a Jewish delegation. Judea was ruled subsequently by Roman procurators. Roman rule in Judea has had an odious reputation, owing less to deliberate cruelty than to the incompetence of Roman rulers, their poor judgment, and the difficulty of governing a people for whom religion was inseparable from nationalism (Smallwood 1976).

Beef Steaks. I wish I had the power to see to it that the bourgeoisie really did have to make it on Soul Food. The emphasis on Soul Food is counter-revolutionary black bourgeois ideology. The main reason Elijah Muhammad outlawed pork for Negroes had nothing to do with dietary laws. The point is that when you get all those blacks cooped up in the ghetto with beef steaks on their mindswith the weight of religious fervor behind the desire to chuckthen something's got to give. The system has made allowances for the ghettoites to obtain a little pig, but there are no provisions for the elite to give up any beef.

At the same time, prophetic teaching was combined with other material and codified as law in the Book of Deuteronomy, and that law became the rallying-point of a group of scholars and pietists focused on Yahweh and the chosen people. They rewrote the history of Israel to accord with their concept of the pious life as "the life devoted to the repetition, interpretation and practice of the sacred law" (M. Smith 1961:351). The Babylonian exile did not destroy the power of the temple. The Torah must be seen as the embodiment of both Deuteronomic and priestly traditions, a product of compromise (Smith 1961:355).

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