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4:12-16. See also the anonymousGesta Francorumet aliorumHierosolymytanorum, ed. R. M. Hill (London,1962),pp. 1-2. SHMUELSHEPKARU 38 his audienceto the divinemission,Urbanremindedhis listenersof the deeds of the Maccabees,the Apostles,andthe saints,andthenrhetoricallyasked: to visit Whydo you declineto rescuethe Cross,the Blood,the monument; the priceof yourlives in rescuingthem?. . "8 The initial canon of the Councilof Clermontmay have spokenonly of the remissionof penance,not of forgivenessof sins.

Gittin 57b stripsthe storyof the rewardsmentionedin the Maccabeanbooks. LamentationsRabba53 on Lamentations1:16 also presentsa version of the story of the mother,now namedMiriambat Tanhum,and her seven sons. 67 64. On the verse and its meaning,see D. And He ShouldLive by Them"(Hebrew),in Sanctityof Life,pp. 69-83. 65. San. Z. 27b; Pes. 3, 21b. 66. Oneof the purposes of these narrativesis to validatethe halakhicrulings,but theirlegal implicationsneed to be deduced. 67. "R. Moreover,she writes: "Friedmann (Atlanta,1977),vol.

We have continuedto see the associationof martyrswith the nation'sbenefitsuntilthe eve of the First Crusade. 130. For example,J. B. Russell,A Historyof Heaven(Princeton,1997),p. 55; Drogeand Tabor,NobleDeath,p. 75. FROMAFTERDEATHTOAFTERLIFE 43 rewards, Thereafter,the Ashkenazitheologyof individualmartyrological which indicates a growing awarenessof the self in Ashkenazicsociety, took off. Insteadof resurrection,its innovativemetaphysicaldoctrinenow concentratedon heaven, where the entire Jewish communitycontinuedto exist as a social unit.

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