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Jacob Katz (1904-1998) was one of the greatest Jewish historians of the twentieth century. A pioneer of new foci and methods, Katz brought extraordinary insights to many aspects of Jewish life and its surrounding contexts.
With a keen eye for both "forests" and "trees," Katz transformed our understanding of many areas of Jewish history, among them: Jewish-Christian relations in the Middle Ages, the social-historical significance of Jewish law, the rise of Orthodoxy in Germany and Hungary, and the emergence of modern antisemitism. In this volume, ten leading scholars critically discuss Katz's work with an appreciation for Katz's importance in reshaping the way Jewish history is studied.
|Rebel in Frankfurt: The Scholarly Origins of Jacob Katz||9|
|Jacob Katz on Halakhah and Kabbalah||29|
|Jacob Katz on Jews and Christians in the Middle Ages||41|
|Early Modern Ashkenaz in the Writings of Jacob Katz||65|
|Jacob Katz as Social Historian||85|
|Jacob Katz on the Origins and Dimensions of Jewish Modernity: The Centrality of the German Experience||97|
|How Central Was Anti-Semitism to the Historical Writing of Jacob Katz?||125|
|A Hungarian Rhapsody in Blue: Jacob Katz's Tardy Surrender to Hagar's Allure||141|
|Jacob Katz on Halakhah, Orthodoxy, and History||163|
|Jacob Katz as a Dissertation Advisor||173|