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Avi Yonah’s Model Of Second Temple Jerusalem And The Development Of Israeli Visual Culture

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The most famous of the post-1948 Jerusalem models, known colloquially as the "Holyland Model," reconstructs the Second Temple of Jerusalem within its greater urban landscape under the scholarly direction of archaeologist Michael Avi-Yonah. This chapter discusses the model's role as a contested symbol of Jewish identity. It addresses three stages in the presentation of the model in order to demonstrate the ways that its creators and curators engaged it for a variety of political positions: its commission and location at the Holyland Hotel in a Jerusalem neighborhood, its acquisition and transfer to the Israel Museum, and its graphic use in popular culture and artists' projects. One of the most public and contentious uses of Avi-Yonah's model within Jewish contexts comes from the public messianic campaign of Brooklyn-based Chabad Hasidim.

Keywords: Avi Yonah's Model; Israeli visual culture; second temple jerusalem



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