By Jeffrey Shoulson
Taking as its start line the long-standing characterization of Milton as a "Hebraic" author, Milton and the Rabbis probes the bounds of the connection among the seventeenth-century English poet and polemicist and his Jewish antecedents. Shoulson's research strikes backward and forward among Milton's writings and Jewish writings of the 1st 5 centuries of the typical period, jointly often called midrash. In exploring the historic and literary implications of those connections, Shoulson exhibits how Milton's textual content can tell a extra nuanced examining of midrash simply as midrash can provide new insights into Paradise Lost.Shoulson is unconvinced of an immediate hyperlink among a particular number of rabbinic writings and Milton's works. He argues that a lot of Milton's poetic rules that parallel midrash are inclined to have entered Christian discourse not just via early glossy Christian Hebraicists but in addition via Protestant writers and preachers with no precise wisdom of Hebrew. on the center of Shoulson's inquiry lies a primary query: while is an idea, a topic, or an emphasis distinctively Judaic or Hebraic and while is it Christian? the trouble in answering such questions finds and highlights the fluid interplay among ostensibly Jewish, Hellenistic, and Christian modes of idea not just throughout the early glossy interval but in addition early in time whilst rabbinic Judaism and Christianity started.
By D. Brauner
During this groundbreaking examine, David Brauner explores the illustration of Jewishness in a few works by way of postwar British and American Jewish writers, deciding on a transatlantic sensibility characterized by means of an insistent compulsion to give an explanation for themselves and their Jewishness in ambivalent phrases. via particular readings of novels through recognized American authors resembling Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, Bernard Malamud and Arthur Miller, along these by means of lesser-known British writers comparable to Frederic Raphael, Jonathan Wilson, Howard Jacobson and Clive Sinclair, sure universal preoccupations emerge: Gentiles who mistake themselves for Jews; Jewish hostility in the direction of Nature; writing (and now not writing) in regards to the Holocaust, and the connection among truth and fiction.
By Judith Frishman, David J. Wertheim, Ido de Haan, Joël Cahen
This research explores the transferring limitations and identities of historical and modern Jewish groups. The members assert that, geographically conversing, Jewish humans not often lived in ghettos and feature by no means been restricted in the borders of 1 state or kingdom. while their areas of place of abode can have remained an analogous for hundreds of years, the nations and regimes that governed over them have been hardly ever as consistent, and tool struggles usually resulted in the production of recent and divisive nationwide borders. Taking a postmodern historic strategy, the participants search to reexamine Jewish background and Jewish experiences during the lens of borders and bounds.
By John Edwards
This paintings lines the adventure of Jews in Europe in the course of the very important and turbulent interval from 1400-1600. As eu politics, society, financial system and faith underwent epoch-making alterations, the therapy of Europe's Jews by way of the non-Jewish majority was once, then as in later sessions, a symptom of social difficulties and tensions within the Continent as an entire. via a broad-ranging choice of records, this e-book units out to give a shiny photograph of the Jewish presence in eu lifestyles. matters lined contain the Jews' personal fiscal presence and tradition, social relatives among Jews and Christians, in addition to the guidelines and activities of Christian professionals in Church and kingdom. the writer additionally attracts upon unique resource fabric to exhibit renowned Christian prejudices approximately Jews, together with myths approximately Jewish "devilishness", money-grabbing and "ritual homicide" of Christian kids. This quantity goals to supply a coherent operating number of texts for academics, academics and scholars who desire to comprehend the event of Jewish Europeans during this interval. complete introductory and explanatory fabric additionally makes accesible the ancient context of the topic and highlights the insights provided by way of the records, in addition to the pitfalls to be shunned during this zone of ancient enquiry.
By Hyam MacCoby
Rabbinic texts are frequently brought up in New testomony and outdated testomony stories, yet hitherto there was no effortless method for a scholar to understand the scope and diversity of the suitable rabbinic writings. This e-book introduces the coed to the whole variety of the early rabbinic writings, with a radical advent and notes, in order that either a bird's eye view of the literature in addition to shut aquaintance with ordinary and significant texts should be bought. this may let the reader to embark on additional examine with a clearer orientation. The e-book additionally goals to right many wrong perspectives approximately rabbinic Judaism coming up from superseded conceptions of the relation among Christianity and Judaism.
By Jeffrey S. Gurock
This exchange history—where, between many situations, Hitler is assassinated, Japan doesn't bomb Pearl Harbor, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt is succeeded after phrases by means of Robert A. Taft—does reason us to check and higher take pleasure in historical past. As Gurock tells his story, he concludes each bankruptcy with a quick part that describes what truly occurred and, therefore, additional educates the reader.
By Allison Amend
Oklahoma is a forgotten territory of "Indians, outlaws, and immigrants" while its first Jewish settler, Boggy Haurowitz, arrives in 1859. choked with expectancies, he unearths the untamed sector a powerful foe, its panorama rugged, its assets strained. In Stations West, 4 generations of Haurowitzes, intertwined with a relatives of Swedish immigrants, fight opposed to the Territory's "insatiable appetite." The demanding situations of making a house amid betrayals, nature's vagaries, and burgeoning statehood end up too nice. every one iteration in flip succumbs to the overpowering trap of the transcontinental railroad, and every returns domestic to discover the panorama in their adolescence, like themselves, replaced past reputation, their kinfolk completely remodeled. Dramatic and lyrical, Allison Amend's first novel, steeped within the historical past and lore of the Oklahoma Territory, tells an unforgettable multigenerational--and very American--story of Jewish pioneers, their followed relations, and the demanding situations they face. Amid the founding of the West, Stations West's generations fight to forge and keep their identities as Jews, as immigrants, and as americans.