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HaCohen, Ran

Reclaiming the Hebrew Bible

German-Jewish Reception of Biblical Criticism

Transl. by Engel, Michelle

Series:Studia Judaica 56

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    November 2010
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    The 19th century saw the rise of Biblical Criticism in German universities, culminating in Wellhausen’s radical revision of the history of biblical times and religion. For German-Jewish intellectuals, the academic discipline promised emancipation from traditional Christian readings of Scripture– but at the same time suffered from what was perceived as anti-Jewish bias, this time in scholarly robes. “Reclaiming the Hebrew Bible”‎ describes the German-Jewish strategies to cope with Biblical Criticism– varying from an enthusiastic welcome in the early decades, through modified adoption in Jewish Reform circles, to resolute rejection in the Orthodox camp. The study surveys the awareness and attitudes towards Biblical Criticism in the popular German-Jewish periodicals, and analyzes in depth the works of the first modern Jewish historian I. M. Jost (1793–1860), of the theologian S. L. Steinheim (1789–1866), and of the Reform activist Siegmund Maybaum (1844–1919).

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    , 250 pages
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    Biblical Criticism; Jewish Studies; History of Exegesis; Old Testament; Pentateuch

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    Ran HaCohen, Tel-Aviv University, Israel.

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