Jewish Cultural Nationalism

Origins and Influences

By David Aberbach

© 2008 – Routledge

132 pages

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About the Book

Jewish Cultural Nationalism explores the development of Jewish nationalism from the Bible to modern times, focusing on particular movements and places as well as texts which signified, or themselves brought about, change: the Bible (Hebrew prayer book), and the modern Hebrew literature, particularly in Tsarist Russia. While the influence of the Hebrew Bible alone on nationalism in individual periods has been subject to much scholarly study, the present work is unusual in its emphasis on the continuity of Jewish cultural nationalism and its influences through Hebrew texts.


'It is a worthy addition to Routledge's lively new 'Jewish Studies' series dealing with Jewish culture past and present and constitutes a useful, reliable, and readable summary of an important and 'relevant' topic, especially suitable for students and non-specialist readers as well as political historians' - Stefan C. Reif, Cambridge University, Journal of Jewish Studies, Spring 2009

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Nationalism and the Hebrew Bible 2. The Roman-Jewish Wars and Hebrew Cultural Nationalism 3. Jewish Nationalism in Medieval Islam 4. Nationalism, Reform Judaism and the Hebrew Prayer Book 5. The Renascence of Hebrew and Jewish Nationalism in the Tsarist Empire 1881-1917

About the Author

David Aberbach is Professor at McGill University, Canada.

About the Series

Routledge Jewish Studies Series

Studies, which are interpreted to cover the disciplines of history, sociology, anthropology, culture, politics, philosophy, theology, religion, as they relate to Jewish affairs. The remit includes texts which have as their primary focus issues, ideas, personalities and events of relevance to Jews, Jewish life and the concepts which have characterised Jewish culture both in the past and today. The series is interested in receiving appropriate scripts or proposals.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / Judaism / General
RELIGION / Judaism / History
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies