Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Memorializing the death of soldiers then and now

PROF. JACOB L. WRIGHT: Honoring the Death of Soldiers (TheTorah.com).
The concept of heroic death is conspicuously absent in Bible. This sharply contrasts with ancient Near Eastern and Greek tropes, as well as with the book of Maccabees and modern day commemorations such as Israel’s Yom Hazikaron and America’s Memorial Day. How should we understand this difference?

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