The Jewish contribution to civilization: reassessing an idea

Jeremy Cohen (Editor), Richard I Cohen (Editor)

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The biblical idea of a distinct 'Jewish contribution to civilization' continues to engage Jews and non-Jews alike. This book seeks neither to document nor to discredit the notion, but rather to investigate the idea itself as it has been understood from the seventeenth century to the present. It explores the role that the concept has played in Jewish self-definition, how it has influenced the political, social, and cultural history of the Jews and of others, and whether discussion of the notion still has relevance in the world today. The book attempts to illustrate the centrality of the question in modern Jewish culture in general, and its importance for modern Jewish studies in particular.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford; Portland, Oregon
PublisherLittman Library of Jewish Civilization
Number of pages245
ISBN (Electronic)1800342640, 1800345402
ISBN (Print)1904113524, 9781904113522, 1906764433, 9781906764432
StatePublished - 2008

Publication series

NameThe Littman library of Jewish civilization
PublisherThe Littman Library of Jewish Civilization

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Civilization, Modern -- Jewish influences
  • Jews -- Civilization
  • Judaism -- Relations
  • Civilization, Jewish
  • Jewish civilization
  • Judaism and other religions


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