Reclaiming the Hebrew Bible: German-Jewish reception of biblical criticism

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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).
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
Publisherde Gruyter
Number of pages250
ISBN (Electronic)9783110247572
ISBN (Print)9783110247565, 9786612934407
StatePublished - 2010

Publication series

NameStudia judaica, Forschungen zur Wissenschaft des Judentums
PublisherDe Gruyter
VolumeBd. 56

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Bible -- Criticism, interpretation, etc -- Germany -- History -- 19th century
  • Christianity and other religions -- Judaism
  • Jewish learning and scholarship -- Germany -- History -- 19th century
  • Jews -- Study and teaching
  • Jews -- Germany -- Intellectual life -- 19th century
  • Judaism -- Relations -- Christianity
  • Judaism -- Germany -- History -- 19th century
  • Christianity -- Relations -- Judaism
  • Christianity and other religions -- Relations -- Judaism
  • Hokhmat Israel
  • History of Jewish studies
  • Jewish studies
  • Judaism -- Christianity
  • Jews -- Relations -- Christianity
  • Judaism and Christianity


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