Turning Points in Jewish Intellectual History

Overview

This book deals with fundamental questions relating to outstanding changes in Jewish Intellectual history from the time of the Bible to the present. These questions include the following: How did Israel evolve from being a people which oscillated to and from belief in one God to exclusive monotheism? Which circumstances led to the transition among the Jews in the Roman empire from being a militant, state-based people to being a pacifist, scripture-based people? Which social forces attracted the Jews under ...

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Overview

This book deals with fundamental questions relating to outstanding changes in Jewish Intellectual history from the time of the Bible to the present. These questions include the following: How did Israel evolve from being a people which oscillated to and from belief in one God to exclusive monotheism? Which circumstances led to the transition among the Jews in the Roman empire from being a militant, state-based people to being a pacifist, scripture-based people? Which social forces attracted the Jews under medieval Islamic rule to secular life and identity? How did emancipation after the American and French revolutions lead to the end of rabbinic dominance? How did nationalism transform modern Jewish life and culture?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403917669
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/17/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

David Aberbach is Associate Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at McGill University, Canada.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. I From Idolatry to Monotheism 1
1 The Iron Age, Imperialism, and the Prophets 3
2 Trauma and Abstract Monotheism: Jewish Exile and Recovery in the Sixth Century B.C.E. 17
Pt. II From State to Scripture 29
3 The Roman-Jewish Wars and Hebrew Cultural Nationalism 31
4 Entry to Powerlessness: The Tannaim, Marcus Aurelius, and the Politics of Stoicized Judaism 45
Pt. III Toward a Secular Culture 73
5 Secular Hebrew Poetry in Muslim Spain 1031-1140 75
Pt. IV From Theology to Sociology 99
6 The Baal Shem Tov, Mystical Union, and Individualism 101
7 Marx and Freud: Emancipation and the End of Rabbinic Dominance 114
8 Conflicting Images of Hebrew in Western Civilization 129
Pt. V From Assimilation to Nationalism 157
9 The Renascence of Hebrew and Jewish Nationalism in the Tsarist Empire 1881-1917 159
Notes 189
Bibliography 195
Index 210
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