The Jewish Past Revisited: Reflections on Modern Jewish Historians

The Jewish Past Revisited: Reflections on Modern Jewish Historians

by David G. Myers, David B. Ruderman
     
 

In this new collection of essays, contemporary historians examine the ways earlier historians have framed, written, and "made" the Jewish past. Probing the ideology and methodology of their professional predecessors, American and Israeli historians offer new perspectives on some of the central figures of twentieth-century Jewish historiography, including Gershom… See more details below

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In this new collection of essays, contemporary historians examine the ways earlier historians have framed, written, and "made" the Jewish past. Probing the ideology and methodology of their professional predecessors, American and Israeli historians offer new perspectives on some of the central figures of twentieth-century Jewish historiography, including Gershom Scholem, S. D. Goitein, Yitzhak Baer, Elias Bickerman, and Cecil Roth, as well as the Israeli "New Historians." Through their critical examinations of the construction of the Jewish past, the contributors to this volume develop important insights into current attitudes toward the dominant canons and ideals of historical scholarship and the future of historiography. They shine new light on the formation of a historical worldview and the "making" of history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300072167
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Series:
Studies in Jewish Culture and Society Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
1Jacob Bernays, Joseph Scaliger, and Others16
2Subversive Catalysts: Gnosticism and Messianism in Gershom Scholem's View of Jewish Mysticism39
3Yitzhak Baer and the Search for Authentic Judaism77
4Between Diaspora and Zion: History, Memory, and the Jerusalem Scholars88
5Narratives of Nation Building: Major Themes in Zionist Historiography104
6Cecil Roth, Historian of Italian Jewry: A Reassessment128
7Jewish Life in the Middle Ages and the Jewish Life of Israel Abrahams143
8Hidden Worlds and Open Shutters: S. D. Goitein Between Judaism and Islam163
9Elias Bickerman on Judaism and Hellenism199
10In Search of Ancient Israel: Revisionism at All Costs212
Index235

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