By J. L. Carr
In J. L. Carr's deeply charged poetic novel, Tom Birkin, a veteran of the good battle and a damaged marriage, arrives within the distant Yorkshire village of Oxgodby the place he's to revive a lately found medieval mural within the neighborhood church. dwelling within the bell tower, surrounded by means of the resplendent geographical region of excessive summer season, and laboring on a daily basis to discover an nameless painter's depiction of the apocalypse, Birkin unearths that he himself has been restored to a brand new, and hopeful, attachment to existence. yet summer season ends, and with the paintings performed, Birkin needs to depart. Now, lengthy after, as he displays at the passage of time and the ability of artwork, he reveals in his stories a few comfort for all that has been misplaced.
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LRe literary and artistic materials that remain are all the products of the Christian upper classes and the Jews, presenting what these upper-class Christians and Jews perceived as popular anti-Jewish prejudices. The limitations of the sources must of course be borne in mind; however, this paper is based on the hypothesis that these sources do not massivdy distort the popular views that they purport to reflect. What I have said already involves an important assumption worthy of explicit articulatiOn.
2. 53. Pro Flacro 67. 54. Origen, Contra Celsum 5. 50. 55. Histories 5. I. 56. Juvenal14. 103-104. On conversion requirements, see the dis~ pute in Bav. Yevamal 46 a-b. 57. 259-261, 21t. 58. Herodotus 1. 60. 59. Oiodorus 40. 3. 6. 60. AlJOiost Apion 2. 112 - 114. 61. Satires 1. 5. 97- 103. 62. Agoinst Apion I. 305. 63. Martial 12. 57. 1- 14; Juvenal 3. 10-16,2%, and 6. 542- 547. 64. AlJOiost Apion 2. 38. 65. AlJOiost Apion 2. 68; cf. , Histories 5. 5. 66. Pro Flaa:o 28. " In general, Cicero's description of the Jews as a large and influential pressure group is worth noting in the context of anti~Semitic rhetoric.
This generalization is weD exemplified by the study of ancient "antiSemitism. " Nineteenth-century scholars "discovered" that humanity consisted of different races, each with its own characteristics. 1he dassification of languages into Semitic, Indo-European, Hamitic, and other families was transmuted by these scholars into a racial classification of mankind. " During the latter part of the century even those scholars who were not virulent anti-Semites used the hatred of the Jews in Greco-Roman antiquity to "prove" that Christianity was not responsible for anti-Semitism, since even in pre-Christian times the Jews were odious to Indo-Europeans.
A Month in the Country by J. L. Carr