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The Resource Set in stone : America's embrace of the Ten Commandments, Jenna Weissman Joselit

Set in stone : America's embrace of the Ten Commandments, Jenna Weissman Joselit

Label
Set in stone : America's embrace of the Ten Commandments
Title
Set in stone
Title remainder
America's embrace of the Ten Commandments
Statement of responsibility
Jenna Weissman Joselit
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
When Cecil B. DeMille's epic, The Ten Commandments, came out in 1956, lines of people crowded into theaters across America to admire the movie's spectacular special effects. Thanks to DeMille, the commandments now had fans as well as adherents. But the country's fascination with the Ten Commandments goes well beyond the colossal scenes of this Hollywood classic. In this vividly rendered narrative, Jenna Weissman Joselit situates the Ten Commandments within the fabric of American history. Her subjects range from the 1860 tale of the amateur who claimed to have discovered ancient holy stones inside a burial mound in Ohio to the San Francisco congregation of Sherith Israel, which commissioned a luminous piece of stained glass depicting Moses in Yosemite for its sanctuary; from the Kansas politician Charles Walter, who in the late nineteenth century proposed codifying each commandment into state law, to the radio commentator Laura Schlessinger, who popularized the Ten Commandments as a psychotherapeutic tool in the 1990s. At once text and object, celestial and earthbound, Judaic and Christian, the Ten Commandments were not just a theological imperative in the New World; they also provoked heated discussions around key issues such as national identity, inclusion, and pluralism. In a country as diverse and heterogeneous as the United States, the Ten Commandments offered common ground and held out the promise of order and stability, becoming the lodestar of American identity. While archaeologists, theologians, and devotees across the world still wonder what became of the tablets that Moses received on Mount Sinai, Weissman Joselit offers a surprising answer: they landed in the United States
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Joselit, Jenna Weissman
Dewey number
270.0973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BR517
LC item number
.J67 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
United States
Label
Set in stone : America's embrace of the Ten Commandments, Jenna Weissman Joselit
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Source of cataloging data: WCP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Species humbug -- The ultimate to-do list -- Good neighbors -- Special effects -- Take two -- Conclusion: Pedigree
Control code
ocn973879961
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
vii, 221 pages
Isbn
9780190253196
Lccn
2016045078
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40027168821
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o973879961
  • (OCoLC)973879961
Label
Set in stone : America's embrace of the Ten Commandments, Jenna Weissman Joselit
Publication
Note
Source of cataloging data: WCP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Species humbug -- The ultimate to-do list -- Good neighbors -- Special effects -- Take two -- Conclusion: Pedigree
Control code
ocn973879961
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
vii, 221 pages
Isbn
9780190253196
Lccn
2016045078
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40027168821
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o973879961
  • (OCoLC)973879961

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