The Jewish Past Revisited Reflections on Modern Jewish Historians
- List Price: $45.00
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Yale Univ Pr
- Publish date: 11/01/1998
In this fascinating new collection of essays, contemporary historians examine the ways earlier historians have framed, written, and "made" the Jewish past. Probing the ideology and methodology of their professional predecessors, American and Israeli historians offer new perspectives on some of the central figures of twentieth-century, Jewish historiography, including Gershom Scholem, S. D. Goitein, Yitzhak Baer, Elias Bickemann, and Cecil Roth, as well as the Israeli "New Historians? Although the lives and work of these scholars differ in many ways, Jewish historians have recurrently confronted the challenges posed by assimilation, anti-semitism, and various forms of nationalism.
Through their critical examinations of rbc construction of the Jewish past, the contributors to this volume develop important insights into current attitudes toward the dominant canons and ideals of historical scholarship and the future of historiography. They shine new light on the formation of a historical worldview and the "making" of history.
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Octavo in dust jacket, xii, 244 pp., index. Introduction by David N. Myers.
Octavo in dust jacket, xii, 244 pp., index. Introduction by David N. Myers. Articles are "Jacob Bernays, Joseph Scaliger, and Others, " Anthony Grafton, "Subversive Catalysts: Gnosticism and Messianism in Gerschom Scholem's View of Jewish Mysticism, " Moshe Idel, "Yitzhak Baer and the Search for Authentic Judaism, " Israel Jacob Yuval, "Between Diaspora and Zion: History, Memory and the Jerusalem Scholars, " David N. Myers, "Narratives of Nation Buildling: Major Themes in Zionist Historiography, " Derek J. Penslar, "Cecil Roth, Historian of Italian Jewry: A Reassessment, " David B. Ruderman, "'Jewish Life in the Middle Ages' and the Jewish Life of Israel Abrahams, " Elliott Horowitz, "Hidden Worlds and Open Shutters: S.D. Goitein Between Judiasm and Islam, " Gideon Libson, "Elias Bickerman on Judiasm and Hellenism, " Martha Himmelfarb, "In Search of Ancient Israel: Revisionism at All Costs, " Sara Japhet.