História (São Paulo)
On-line version ISSN 1980-4369
ROCHA, Ivan Esperança. Image in judaism: aspects of indentity "aniconism". História [online]. 2007, vol.26, n.1, pp.119-124. ISSN 1980-4369. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-90742007000100009.
The visual sources acquire a wider space among the humanities. In the historiography its capacity to represent the social imaginary and to evidence the collective mentalities have been considered, enriching or filling out spaces left by the written documentation. In the Jewish culture, however, the image had a very special treatment, becoming a distinctive element of its identity. What initially had as intention to guarantee the javistic monotheism ended for defining a certain aniconism that only very recently was overcome.
Keywords : Judaism; Monotheism; Haskalah.