Double Takes: Thinking and Rethinking Issues of Modern Judaism in Ancient Contexts

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This book comprises a series of ten essays written by the authors both individually and collaboratively. While the subjects of these essays are wide ranging, they share a common recognition that issues at the forefront of contemporary Jewish thought must be measured against the background of ancient traditions, which revisit rabbinic and biblical times and beyond. The intent of these essays is to illustrate how shadows of longstanding traditions continue to shade current perceptions. Double Takes challenges the ...
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Overview

This book comprises a series of ten essays written by the authors both individually and collaboratively. While the subjects of these essays are wide ranging, they share a common recognition that issues at the forefront of contemporary Jewish thought must be measured against the background of ancient traditions, which revisit rabbinic and biblical times and beyond. The intent of these essays is to illustrate how shadows of longstanding traditions continue to shade current perceptions. Double Takes challenges the reader's assumptions about modern Jewish thought by demonstrating how the past can be an unpredictable lens for the present-day. An examination of contemporary themes in a historical perspective reveals unanticipated, even disconcerting, refractions. The book appears in the Studies in the Shoah series as volume 26.
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Editorial Reviews

Choice
Garber and Zuckerman are prolific authors with a broad command of Jewish history, literature, and theology....With respect to the Shoah, the authors' most sustained reflection focuses on the political, psychological, and theological problems with the word "Holocaust"....their patient analysis of its history and connotations is a valuable corrective to the often-facile use of a complex term. Summing Up: RECOMMENDED. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers.
— S. Gowler, Berea College
Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal Of Jewish Studies
The first chapter on Holocaust/Shoah should be required reading for any undergraduate or, indeed, graduate student in any field of study...
CHOICE - S. Gowler
Garber and Zuckerman are prolific authors with a broad command of Jewish history, literature, and theology....With respect to the Shoah, the authors' most sustained reflection focuses on the political, psychological, and theological problems with the word "Holocaust"....their patient analysis of its history and connotations is a valuable corrective to the often-facile use of a complex term. Summing Up: RECOMMENDED. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers.
Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal Of Jewish Studies
The first chapter on Holocaust/Shoah should be required reading for any undergraduate or, indeed, graduate student in any field of study...
John K. Roth
'Two for the price of one,' we sometimes say to signify an exceptional value. Zev Garber's and Bruce Zuckerman's 'Double Takes' has that special quality. Probing key aspects of the Holocaust, looking before and after that watershed event, these two creative and thoughtful scholars take their readers to and fro in the most insightful ways. Those who have followed their previous work will not be surprised by the excellence of these pages, but they will be challenged and better informed after reading them. For those who have not met this duo before, a memorable journey of intellect and spirit awaits.
John T. Pawlikowski
Garber and Zuckerman have brought together incisive and provocative essays on various aspects of the Holocaust. The opening chapter on the term 'holocaust' is a gem and should be required reading in any Holocaust course. The chapters on the Auschwitz Convent Controversy and the Rabin Assassination are equally excellent. The volume as a whole will stimulate fresh thinking on many central issues surrounding Holocaust Studies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761828945
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Series: Studies in the Shoah Series
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Zev Garber is Professor and Chair of Jewish Studies at Los Angeles Valley College. Additionally, he is Editor-in-Chief of Studies in the Shoah series (University Press of America) and co-editor of Shofar, a quarterly interdisciplinary journal of Jewish Studies. Bruce Zuckerman is Associate Professor in the School of Religion, Director of the Archaeological Research Collection, and Director of the West Semitic Research Project at the University of Southern California. He holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from Yale University.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Modern Events in Ancient Perspectives: Why Do We Call the Holocaust "The Holocaust"?: An Inquiry Into the Psychology of Labels; The Practice of Judaism During the Shoah, 1933-1945; The Furor Over the Auschwitz Convent: The Inside and Outside of the Chapter 4 Teaching and Learning from the Past: Choosing Among the Strands: Teaching Hebrew Bible Survey to Undergraduates at a Secular University; Teaching Shoah Matters: A Personal Memoir Chapter 5 Evolution and Revolution: The Bible, the Sistine Chapel and the Liberty Bell: How Do We Understand the Bible in Tradition; Faith from the Ashes: An Interview with Sibylle Sarah Niemoeller von Sell Chapter 6 Ancient Texts and Modern Technologies: Every Dot and Tiddle: A Consideration of the Limitation of Computer Imaging for the Study of Dead Sea Scrolls; Working with a Little More Data: New Finds in the 20th Century; Semitic Language of the Ancient Wor Chapter 7 General Index Chapter 8 Source Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2010

    interesting book

    this is one of my textbook needed for my phil class. Its an interesting book for those who want to be educated on Jewish studies. One of the most interesting things I've learn is why not to call the Hollocaust, well the hollocaust but to refer to it as Shoah. Zev Garber is one of the countries leading expert is Shoah studies and he is a contributing author and editor. If you want to futher educate yourself, definetly get this book.

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