Jewish historiography between past and future: 200 years of Wissenschaft des Judentums

Paul Mendes-Flohr (Editor), Rachel Livneh-Freudenthal (Editor), Guy Miron (Editor)

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From its modest beginnings in 1818 Berlin, Wissenschaft des Judentums has burgeoned into a scholarly discipline pursued by a vast cadre of scholars. Now constituting a global community, these scholars continue to draw their inspiration from the determined pioneers of Wissenschaft des Judentums in nineteenth and twentieth century Germany. Beyond setting the highest standards of philological and historiographical research, Germ Wissenschaft des Judentums had a seminal role in creating modern Jewish discourse in which cultural memory supplemented traditional Jewish learning. The secular character of modern Jewish Studies, initially pursued largely in German and subsequently in other vernacular languages (e.g. French, Dutch, Italian, modern Hebrew, Russian), greatly facilitated an exchange with non-Jewish scholars, and thereby encouraged mutual understanding and respect. The present volume is based on papers delivered at a conference, organized by the Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem, by scholars from North America, Europe, and Israel. The papers and attendant deliberations explored ramified historical and methodological issues. Taken as a whole, the volume represents a tribute to the two hundred year legacy of Wissenschaft des Judentums and its singular contribution to not only modern Jewish self-understanding but also to the unfolding of humanistic cultural discourse.
Original languageAmerican English
Place of PublicationBerlin ; Boston
Publisherde Gruyter
Number of pages215
ISBN (Print)9783110553543
StatePublished - 2019

Publication series

NameStudia Judaica
PublisherWalter de Gruyter & Co.


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