From Rebel to Rabbi: Reclaiming Jesus and the Making of Modern Jewish Culture

From Rebel to Rabbi: Reclaiming Jesus and the Making of Modern Jewish Culture

by Matthew Hoffman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804753717

ISBN-13: 9780804753715

Pub. Date: 03/14/2007

Publisher: Stanford University Press

From Rebel to Rabbi establishes how the changes that occurred in Jewish culture during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries stimulated a widespread fascination with the figure of Jesus and with Christian motifs among numerous Jewish theologians, historians, intellectuals, writers, and artists. It illustrates how and why the process of modernization for

Overview

From Rebel to Rabbi establishes how the changes that occurred in Jewish culture during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries stimulated a widespread fascination with the figure of Jesus and with Christian motifs among numerous Jewish theologians, historians, intellectuals, writers, and artists. It illustrates how and why the process of modernization for these Jews involved a radical reevaluation of Jesus of Nazareth. This book analyzes works of Jewish history, theology, Yiddish literature, Jewish visual art, and intellectual debates, in an attempt to situate this phenomenon within the broader context of a cultural history of how Jews have related to and depicted the figure of Jesus in the modern period. It suggests that for writers and artists, such as Sholem Asch and Marc Chagall, refiguring Jesus as intrinsically Jewish and using Christian themes to express aspects of the modern Jewish experience were an integral part of creating a new and distinctive modern Jewish culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804753715
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
03/14/2007
Series:
Stanford Studies in Jewish History and C Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: Jesus and the Jewish Question     1
The Quest for the Jewish Jesus     13
The Crucifix Question     61
Yiddish Modernism and the Landscape of the Cross     117
The Passion of Jewish History     170
The Artist Crucified     206
Epilogue: The Jesus Question Revisited     252
Notes     257
Index     285

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