By Adam LeBor
The millennia-old port of Jaffa, now a part of Tel Aviv, used to be referred to as the "Bride of Palestine," one of many actually cosmopolitan towns of the Mediterranean. There Muslims, Jews, and Christians lived, labored, and celebrated together—and it was once regular for the Arabs of Jaffa to wait a marriage on the condominium of the Jewish Chelouche kin or for Jews and Arabs to either assemble on the Jewish spice store Tiv and the Arab Khamis Abulafia's twenty-four-hour bakery. via intimate own interviews and generations-old memoirs, letters, and diaries, Adam LeBor provides us a very important examine the human lives at the back of the headlines—and a shiny narrative of cataclysmic change.
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CHAPTER TWO JOSEPHUS ON PRAYER I. 195–1971 (193) There is one temple for the one God—for like is always dear to like—[a temple] common to all for a God common to all. Priests serve him continually, while they are led by the one who is the Àrst in line. (194) He will sacriÀce to God together with his fellow priests; he will safeguard the laws, judge in cases of dispute, and punish those who have been convicted. Anyone who does not obey him will undergo the penalty just as if he had been impious towards God himself.
Another element that I would like to add comes from Miller, who wrote on the form and theology of biblical prose prayer. 71 When people turn to God, they expect him to respond: not necessarily with words, but with action. Adding this element to the deÀnition seems to exclude thanksgiving. 72 In other words, according to Josephus, with thanksgiving, too, the person praying is expecting a response. When we study prayer in a particular author’s work we must not forget that it is important to Ànd out what the author himself has to 68 69 70 71 72 Balentine, Prayer, 30.
It is therefore not unlikely that sacriÀcial rites were also carried out elsewhere. See also Nickelsburg/Stone, Faith, 52. 105–112. 34 Luke 1:8–10. josephus on prayer 35 burning of incense. The manner in which Aaron should conduct the offering is explained clearly, but nothing is said about praying, either within the sanctuary or outside it. 35 Another passage in the New Testament which ought to be mentioned is Acts 3:1, which reads: “Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour”.
City of Oranges: An Intimate History of Arabs and Jews in Jaffa by Adam LeBor