Cynthia m baker is a professor and the chair of religious studies at bates college in lewiston maine she is the author of rebuilding the house of israel architectures of gender in jewish antiquity. Examining scholarly debates about the origins and early meanings of jew cynthia m baker interrogates categories like ethnicity race and religion that inevitably feature in attempts to define the word. Cynthia m baker is a professor and the chair of religious studies at bates college in lewiston maine she is the author of rebuilding the house of israel architectures of gender in jewish antiquity. Jew the word possesses an uncanny power to provoke and unsettle for millennia jew has signified the consummate other a persistent fly in the ointment of western civilizations grand narratives and cultural projectsonly very recently however has jew been reclaimed as a term of self identification and pride with these insights as a point of departure this book o. Jew by cynthia m baker book review by susan katz miller beingboth as someone who has been labeled a first class disrupter i was of course immediately attracted to the chutzpah of a book entitled simply jew
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