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The Menorah

From the Bible to Modern Israel

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$29.95 • £22.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674088795

Publication: November 2016

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304 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

50 color illustrations

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[Fine’s] absorbing [book] traces the history and symbolism of an object which has served as an emblem of Judaism far longer than the Magen David… An illuminating read.—Simon Rocker, Jewish Chronicle

Magisterial… Fine displays a savvy approach to his study of the menorah.—Jonathan Kirsch, Jewish Journal

Especially helpful are the numerous illustrations and vivid color photographs, many taken by Fine himself or his research team. Positioned alongside the relevant prose, the images help the reader grasp Fine’s insightful interpretations of the evolving iconography.—Elizabeth Shanks Alexander, Jewish Review of Books

Fine weaves into his story references to the menorah in Jewish and Christian literature and scholarship over the ages, ranging from Josephus to modern times. He notes that menorahs can be found not only in synagogues around the world but in Christian churches as well, especially in Rome but also throughout the world.—Eugene J. Fisher, Catholic News Service

Fine meticulously documents how this well-known, still-extant artifact became a familiar and important symbol for the Jewish people and the State of Israel, despite initially representing the Romans’ defeat of the Jews in Jerusalem.—Amanda Folk, Library Journal

Steven Fine’s The Menorah is a remarkably comprehensive and accessible study of this most ancient of all Jewish symbols, from its Biblical roots in Ancient Near Eastern culture through its Roman re-casting and Christian appropriation down to its contemporary uses and misuses by Israeli messianic extremists and anti-semitic parties in the former Soviet Union. By drawing upon his extensive training as a scholar of Rabbinics, archaeology, and Jewish art history, Fine has been able to produce not only an unprecedented study of a Jewish icon, but the basis for a meditation upon the nature of visual iconicity itself in Jewish culture.—David Stern, Harvard University