Babel und bibel - The controversy as a Jewish event

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Abstract

The article deals with the Jewish reaction to the early twentieth-century controversy, known as the Babel und Bibel-controversy, which centered around a series of lectures given in 1902-03 by the eminent German Assyriologist, Friedrich Delitzsch. The reasons for the controversy in German society and its content have been widely surveyed and analyzed, but much less is known about the many reverberations it had in Jewish-German society and outside of it. The involvement of various Jewish circles - orthodox, reform and nationalist - was directed against the anti-Semitic elements in Delitzsch's views, and was part of the German-Jewish "dialogue." The polemic also marked a milestone in the attitude of modern Judaism to the value and significance of the Bible.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBand 1 2003
PublisherDe Gruyter Mouton
Pages263-282
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783110949988
ISBN (Print)9783598247507
StatePublished - 24 Jul 2014

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