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Jewish theater
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1. Origins

The theater is not traditionally a Jewish art form, because the rabbinic authorities of the postbiblical period opposed ancient pagan (Hellenistic and Roman) institutions like theaters, amphitheaters, stadia, circuses, and hippodromes. They associated them with idolatry and obscene rites and therefore forbade Jewish men to visit them, while Jewish women were not allowed in any case to enter public places of this nature, as…

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Grözinger, Elvira, “Jewish theater”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 02 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_021736>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124

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