The Seat of Scoffers

Subtitle
Psalm 1:1 and the Spectacles in the Rabbinic Literature and Tertullian’s tractate, De spectaculis
Contributor

Many of the parallels between rabbinic and early Christian writings can be explained by their common heritage and their shared opposition to pagan society. Their attitude towards spectacles may be an exception because the Hebrew Bible does not provide any guidance in this regard, yet their arguments against pagan entertainments are often based on the same proof text (Ps 1:1). This may be the result of intensive academic communication, but it could also be traced back to a common oral tradition.

Bibliographic reference

Mezey Mónika: The Seat of Scoffers. Psalm 1:1 and the Spectacles in the Rabbinic Literature and Tertullian’s tractate, De spectaculis. In: Református Szemle 115.2 (2022), 109--118