Sixteen Hundred Years

When a civilization nearly two millennia in the building comes to an end, common decency requires that the world take note of its passing. For if ordinary people, born only to die in much less than a century, deserve a proper burial, what obsequies arc owing to a way of forming society and living life that took 20 centuries to shape but only a dozen years utterly to wipe out?

Jacob Neusner

Jacob Neusner was research professor of religion and theology and senior fellow in the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

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