Philosemitism, Antisemitism and 'the Jews' both honours and carries on the work of The Rev. Dr. James Parkes (1896-1981), a pioneer in the many different fields involving the study of Jewish/non-Jewish relations. The collection is designed to examine both the specific and broader themes of Parkes' life work in relation to tolerance and intolerance. From antiquity to today, Jews have often been defined as 'aliens'; these essays consider the effects of such legislative and socio-cultural exclusion on the self-definition of the dominant society. Philosemitism, Antisemitism and 'the Jews' employs an interdisciplinary framework, bringing together the work of scholars from both sides of the Atlantic and Israel, who work in history, theology, political philosophy, legal theory and literary studies. Eminent historians and theorists of tolerance and intolerance, including Gavin Langmuir, David Theo Goldberg, Norman Solomon and Tony Kushner, are joined by younger scholars researching new developments in the field.
’With essays that combine historical, theological, philosophical and literary perspectives, and that cover material from the Middle Ages through the twentieth century, the book has much to offer scholars in specific disciplines as well as those engaged in interdisciplinary work… A great advantage of the range of subjects in this volume is that they serve as test cases, complicating our reading and reception of well-known and oft-studied thinkers in relation to tolerance.’ Patters of Prejudice
Contents: Preface; Introduction: The wide field of relations?, Tony Kushner with Nadia Valman. Part I Theorising Tolerance and Intolerance: Intolerance and tolerance: only one 'one and only' god or more', Gavin I. Langmuir; The power of tolerance, David Theo Goldberg; Reading intolerant texts in a tolerant society, Norman Solomon; The limits of tolerance: nation-building and what it means for minority groups, Mark Levene. Part II Philosemitism, Antisemitism and Intolerance: Jonah the Jew: the evolution of a biblical character, Yvonne Sherwood; The Jews and the cross in the middle ages: towards a reappraisal, Elliott Horowitz; Albert the Great on the Talmud and the Jews, Irven M. Resnick; 'Inward' and 'outward' Jews: Margaret Fell, circumcision and women's preaching, Claire Jowitt; Enlightenment and exclusion: Judaism and toleration in Spinoza, Locke and Bayle, Adam Sutcliffe; The limits of toleration in enlightenment Germany: Lessing, Goethe and the Jews, Ritchie Robertson; The slave, the noble and the Jews: reflections on section 7 of Nietzsche's On the Genealogy of Morals, David M. Seymour; Antisemitism in Canada: the legal dimension in context, Thomas S. Kuttner; Offending the memory? The Holocaust and pressure group politics, Tony Kushner. Bibliography; Index.