Holy Men and Hunger Artists: Fasting and Asceticism in Rabbinic Culture
Place Published: New York
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Date Published: 2004
Book Id: 29003
228pp. Octavo [24 cm] Black paper covered boards with a gilt stamped title on the spine. Very good. The spine is ever so slightly rolled back. The edges of the spine and covers aver very gently bumped and rubbed. There are numerous barely perceptible very small stains on the top edge of the text block. The dust jacket is in very good condition, with light rubbing and scratching. The edges are mildly bumped. The spine and surrounding areas are faded.
From the jacket- "... Diamond shows that rabbinic asceticism does indeed exist. This asceticism is mainly secondary, rather than primary, in that the rabbis place no value on self-denial in and of itself, but rather require of themselves the virtual abandonment of familial, social, and economic life in favor of an absolute commitment to the study of the Torah."