Routledge Jewish Studies Series

Series Editor: Oliver Leaman

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.

  • The Role of Contradictions in Spinoza's Philosophy

    The God-intoxicated heretic

    By Yuval Jobani

    Spinoza is commonly perceived as the great metaphysician of coherence. The Euclidean manner in which he presented his philosophy in the Ethics has led readers to assume they are facing a strict and consistent philosophical system that necessarily follows from itself. As opposed to the prevailing…

    Hardback – 2016-02-05 
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  • Rabbis of our Time

    Authorities of Judaism in the Religious and Political Ferment of Modern Times

    By Marek Cejka, Roman Koran

    The term ‘rabbi’ predominantly denotes Jewish men qualified to interpret the Torah and apply halacha, or those entrusted with the religious leadership of a Jewish community. However, the role of the rabbi has been understood differently across the Jewish world. While in Israel they control legally…

    Hardback – 2015-10-21 
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  • The Name of God in Jewish Thought

    A Philosophical Analysis of Mystical Traditions from Apocalyptic to Kabbalah

    By Michael T Miller

    One of the most powerful traditions of the Jewish fascination with language is that of the Name. Indeed, the Jewish mystical tradition would seem a two millennia long meditation on the nature of name in relation to object, and how name mediates between subject and object. Even within the tide of…

    Hardback – 2015-10-21 
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  • Rabbinic Judaism

    Space and Place

    By David Kraemer

    In the aftermath of the conquest of the Holy Land by the Romans and their destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 CE, Jews were faced with a world in existential chaos—both they and their God were rendered homeless. In a religious tradition that had equated Divine approval with peaceful dwelling…

    Hardback – 2015-10-20 
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  • Boundaries, Identity and belonging in Modern Judaism

    Edited by Maria Diemling, Larry Ray

    The drawing of boundaries has always been a key part of the Jewish tradition and has served to maintain a distinctive Jewish identity. At the same time, these boundaries have consistently been subject to negotiation, transgression and contestation. The increasing fragmentation of Judaism into…

    Hardback – 2015-09-10 
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  • Jewish Women's Torah Study

    Orthodox Religious Education and Modernity

    By Ilan Fuchs

    One of the cornerstones of the religious Jewish experience in all its variations is Torah study, and this learning is considered a central criterion for leadership. Jewish Women’s Torah Study addresses the question of women's integration in the halachic-religious system at this pivotal intersection…

    Paperback – 2015-07-23
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  • The Jews as a Chosen People

    Tradition and transformation

    By S. Leyla Gurkan

    The concept of the Jews as a chosen people is a key element of the Jewish faith and identity. This book explores the idea of chosenness from the ancient world, through modernity and into the Post-Holocaust era. Analysing a vast corpus of biblical, ancient, rabbinic and modern Jewish literature,…

    Paperback – 2015-05-08
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  • God, Jews and the Media

    Religion and Israel’s Media

    By Yoel Cohen

    In order to understand contemporary Jewish identity in the twenty-first century, one needs to look beyond the Synagogue, the holy days and Jewish customs and law to explore such modern phenomena as mass media and their impact upon Jewish existence. This book delves into the complex relationship…

    Paperback – 2015-04-27
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  • A History of Czechs and Jews

    A Slavic Jerusalem

    By Martin Wein

    Was Israel founded by Czechoslovakia? A History of Czechs and Jews examines this question and the resulting findings are complex. Czechoslovakia did provide critical, secret military sponsorship to Israel around 1948, but this alliance was short-lived and terminated with the Prague Trial of 1952.…

    Hardback – 2015-02-11
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  • The Ugliness of Moses Mendelssohn

    Aesthetics, Religion & Morality in the Eighteenth Century

    By Leah Hochman

    The Ugliness of Moses Mendelssohn examines the idea of ugliness through four angles: philosophical aesthetics, early anthropology, physiognomy and portraiture in the eighteenth-century. Highlighting a theory that describes the benefit of encountering ugly objects in art and nature,…

    Hardback – 2014-10-13
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  • Voltaire's Jews and Modern Jewish Identity

    Rethinking the Enlightenment

    By Harvey Mitchell

    Harvey Mitchell’s book argues that a reassessment of Voltaire’s treatment of traditional Judaism will sharpen discussion of the origins of, and responses to, the Enlightenment. His study shows how Voltaire’s nearly total antipathy to Judaism is best understood  by stressing his self-regard as…

    Paperback – 2014-08-15
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  • Jewish Cryptotheologies of Late Modernity

    Philosophical Marranos

    By Agata Bielik-Robson

    This book aims to interpret ‘Jewish Philosophy’ in terms of the Marrano phenomenon: as a conscious clinamen of philosophical forms used in order to convey a ‘secret message’ which cannot find an open articulation. The Marrano phenomenon is employed here, in the domain of modern philosophical…

    Hardback – 2014-07-31
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  • Judaism in Contemporary Thought

    Traces and Influence

    Edited by Agata Bielik-Robson, Adam Lipszyc

    The central aim of this collection is to trace the presence of Jewish tradition in contemporary philosophy. This presence is, on the one hand, undeniable, manifesting itself in manifold allusions and influences – on the other hand, difficult to define, rarely referring to openly revealed…

    Hardback – 2014-04-07
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  • German-Jewish Popular Culture before the Holocaust

    Kafka's kitsch

    By David A. Brenner

    David A. Brenner examines how Jews in Central Europe developed one of the first "ethnic" or "minority" cultures in modernity. Not exclusively "German" or "Jewish," the experiences of German-speaking Jewry in the decades prior to the Third Reich and the Holocaust were also negotiated in encounters…

    Paperback – 2014-03-28
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  • Collaboration with the Nazis

    Public Discourse after the Holocaust

    Edited by Roni Stauber

    This book examines the changes in representing collaboration, during the Holocaust, especially in the destruction of European Jewry, in the public discourse and the historiography of various countries in Europe that were occupied by the Germans, or were considered, at least during part of the war,…

    Paperback – 2014-03-21
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  • The Holocaust and Representations of Jews

    History and Identity in the Museum

    By K. Hannah Holtschneider

    The Holocaust and Representations of Jews examines how prominent national exhibitions in Europe represent the Jewish minority and its cultural and religious self-understandings, historically and today, in particular in the context of the Holocaust. Insights from the New Museology are brought to…

    Paperback – 2014-03-21
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  • Emmanuel Levinas and the Limits to Ethics

    A Critique and a Re-Appropriation

    By Aryeh Botwinick

    Emanuel Levinas and the Limits to Ethics highlights how radically different Jewish ethics is from Christian ethics, and the profound affinities that subsist between Jewish ethics and philosophical and political liberalism. The philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas has captured the imagination of a global…

    Hardback – 2013-12-16
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  • Jews and Judaism in Modern China

    By M. Avrum Ehrlich

    Jews and Judaism in Modern China explores and compares the dynamics at work in two of the oldest, intact and starkly contrasting civilizations on earth; Jewish and Chinese. The book studies how they interact in modernity and how each civilization views the other, and analyses areas of cooperation…

    Paperback – 2013-08-07
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  • Political Theologies in the Holy Land

    Israeli Messianism and its Critics

    By David Ohana

    This book examines the role of messianism in Zionist ideology, from the birth of the Zionist movement through to the present. Is shows how messianism is not just a religious or philosophical term but a very tangible political practice and theology which has shaped Israeli identity. The author…

    Paperback – 2013-03-11
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  • Jewish Blood

    Reality and metaphor in history, religion and culture

    Edited by Mitchell Hart

    This book deals with the Jewish engagement with blood: animal and human, real and metaphorical. Concentrating on the meaning or significance of blood in Judaism, the book moves this highly controversial subject away from its traditional focus, exploring how Jews themselves engage with blood and its…

    Paperback – 2013-02-27
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  • The European Jews, Patriotism and the Liberal State 1789-1939

    A Study of Literature and Social Psychology

    By David Aberbach

    The fragility of the liberal democratic state after 1789 is illustrated in the history of the European Jews from the French Revolution to the Holocaust. Emancipation and hope of emancipation amongst the European Jewish population created a plethora of Jewish identities and forms of patriotism.…

    Hardback – 2012-11-19
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  • Modern Gnosis and Zionism

    The Crisis of Culture, Life Philosophy and Jewish National Thought

    By Yotam Hotam

    In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, the German intellectual world was challenged by a growing distrust in the rational ideals of the enlightenment, and consequently by a belief in the existence of a radical ‘cultural crisis’. One response to this crisis was the emergence of ‘Life…

    Hardback – 2012-10-16
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  • Israeli Holocaust Research

    Birth and Evolution

    By Boaz Cohen

    An exploration of the development of Holocaust research in Israel, this book ranges from the consolidation of Holocaust research as an academic subject in the late 1940s to the establishment of Yad Vashem and beyond. Research on the story of historiography is often a work on books, on the "final…

    Hardback – 2012-09-27
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  • Rabbinic Theology and Jewish Intellectual History

    The Great Rabbi Loew of Prague

    Edited by Meir Seidler

    Rabbi Loew (the Maharal) of Prague remains one of the most influential and prolific Jewish thinkers of his time. Widely considered one of the fathers of Hassidic thought and a harbinger of Modern Jewish philosophy, his life and work have retained their influence and remain prevalent today. Adopting…

    Hardback – 2012-08-13
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  • Jesus among the Jews

    Representation and Thought

    Edited by Neta Stahl

    For almost two thousand years, various images of Jesus accompanied Jewish thought and imagination: a flesh-and-blood Jew, a demon, a spoiled student, an idol, a brother, a (failed) Messiah, a nationalist rebel, a Greek god in Jewish garb, and more. This volume charts for the first time the…

    Hardback – 2012-02-23
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  • War and Peace in Jewish Tradition

    From the Biblical World to the Present

    Edited by Yigal Levin, Amnon Shapira

    The transition between the reality of war and a hope for peace has accompanied the Jewish people since biblical times. However, the ways in which both concepts are understood have changed many times over the ages, and both have different implications for an independent nation in its own land than…

    Hardback – 2011-12-21
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  • The Hidden Philosophy of Hannah Arendt

    By Margaret Betz Hull

    The central argument of this book is that Hannah Arendt's deserved place in the history of Western philosophy has been overlooked, and recognition of her contribution is long overdue. In part a result of Arendt's own insistence on calling herself a 'political thinker' throughout her career, this is…

    Paperback – 2011-12-20
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  • On Liberty

    Jewish Philosophical Perspectives

    By Daniel H. Frank

    The communitarian critic of liberalism argues that the socio-political context is fundamental to any understanding of the individual as such. This debate is advanced by particularising it to the experience of Jews in the modern world. Essays focus on the variety of views of the relationships…

    Paperback – 2011-09-30
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  • The Global Impact of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion

    A Century-Old Myth

    Edited by Esther Webman

    The Protocols of the Elders of Zion has attracted the interest of politicians and academicians, and generated extensive research, since the tract first appeared in the early twentieth century. Despite having repeatedly been discredited as a historical document, and in spite of the fact that it…

    Hardback – 2011-06-14
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  • Facing the Other

    The Ethics of Emmanuel Levinas

    By Sean Hand

    Study of one of the key philosophers in the post-Heideggerian field and an increasingly central presence in contemporary debates about identity and responsibility.…

    Paperback – 2011-04-07
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  • Referring to God

    Jewish and Christian Perspectives

    By Paul Helm

    There is a long tradition of discussion in the philosophy of religion about the problems and possibilities involved in talking about God. This book presents accounts of the problem within Jewish and Christian philosophy.…

    Paperback – 2011-04-07
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  • From Falashas to Ethiopian Jews

    The External Influences for Change, c. 1860-1960

    By Daniel Summerfield

    In the light of the Israeli government's plan to halt Ethiopian immigration, this book provides original research into the transformation of the Falashas to Ethiopian Jews during the twentieth century which made them eligible for immigration into Israel, adding a new dimension to the question…

    Paperback – 2011-04-07
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  • Philosophy and Rabbinic Culture

    Jewish Interpretation and Controversy in Medieval Languedoc

    By Gregg Stern

    Philosophy and Rabbinic Culture is a study of the great, and curiously underappreciated, engagement of a Medieval European Jewish community with the philosophic tradition. This lucid description of the Languedocian Jewish community's multigenerational cultivation of - and acculturation to -…

    Paperback – 2010-12-07
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  • Judaism, Philosophy, Culture

    Selected Studies by E. I. J. Rosenthal

    By Erwin Rosenthal

    One of the outstanding interpreters of Jewish culture in the twentieth century has been Erwin Rosenthal. This book contains some of his most influential work, ranging from the nature of Jewish political thought, both classical and medieval, to Christian reactions to Judaism and to varying…

    Paperback – 2010-09-29
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  • A User's Guide to Franz Rosenzweig's Star of Redemption

    By Norbert M. Samuelson

    This user-friendly guide will help students of the 'Star' to be able to discuss at a basic level what, at least conceptually, Rosenzweig intended to say and how all that he says is interrelated.…

    Paperback – 2010-08-01
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  • Philosophy of the Talmud

    By Hyam Maccoby

    This is a new presentation of the philosophy of the Talmud. The Talmud is not a work of formal philosophy, but much of what it says is relevant to philosophical enquiry, including issues explored in contemporary debates. In particular, the Talmud has original ideas about the relation between…

    Paperback – 2010-08-01
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  • From Synagogue to Church: The Traditional Design

    Its Beginning, its Definition, its End

    By John Wilkinson

    The designs of synagogues and churches are acknowledged to be very alike. But the designers' procedure was confidential, and so far standard explanations have been unsatisfactory. A synagogue should express heavenly values with earthly materials. This combination was in fact expressed in numbers,…

    Paperback – 2010-08-01
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  • The Jews of Ethiopia

    The Birth of an Elite

    Edited by Tudor Parfitt, Emanuela Trevisan Semi

    This book offers the results of the most recent research carried out in European and Israeli universities on Ethiopian Jews. With a special focus on Europe and the role played by German, English and Italian Jewish communities in creating a new Jewish Ethiopian identity, it investigates such…

    Paperback – 2010-07-29
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  • The Image of the Black in Jewish Culture

    A History of the Other

    By Abraham Melamed

    The evolving image of the Black in the history of Jewish culture is being traced here in the conceptual framework of recent post-modern theories of the 'other'. The study focuses on the mechanisms by which an ethno-religious minority group considered by the dominant majority to be the inferior '…

    Paperback – 2010-07-20
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  • Contemporary Jewish Philosophy

    An Introduction

    By Irene Kajon

    This text introduces the most important Jewish philosophers of contemporary times from the point of view of their original approach to both Judaism and philosophy and include: Hermann Cohen, Franz Rosenweig, Martin Buber, Leo Strauss, Emmanuel Levinas. It shows how for them the dialogue between…

    Paperback – 2010-07-09
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  • Art in Zion

    The Genesis of Modern National Art in Jewish Palestine

    By Dalia Manor

    Art in Zion deals with the link between art and national ideology and specifically between the artistic activity that emerged in Jewish Palestine in the first decades of the twentieth century and the Zionist movement. In order to examine the development of national art in Jewish Palestine, the…

    Paperback – 2010-06-25
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  • Jewish Cultural Nationalism

    Origins and Influences

    By David Aberbach

    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,…

    Paperback – 2010-06-25
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  • The Jewish-Chinese Nexus

    A Meeting of Civilizations

    Edited by M. Avrum Ehrlich

    The Jewish Chinese Nexus explores through a collection of articles the nexus between two of the oldest, intact, starkly contrasting and most interesting civilizations on earth; Jews and Chinese. This volume studies how they are interacting in modernity; how they view each other and what areas of…

    Paperback – 2010-06-25
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  • Jewish Mysticism and Magic

    An Anthropological Perspective

    By Maureen Bloom

    Providing a unique anthropological perspective on Jewish mysticism and magic, this book is a study of Jewish rites and rituals and how the analysis of early literature provides the roots for understanding religious practices. It includes analysis on the importance of sacrifice, amulets, and names,…

    Paperback – 2010-06-23
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  • Maimonides' Guide for the Perplexed

    Silence and Salvation

    By Donald McCallum

    Providing an excellent overview of the latest thinking in Maimonides studies, this book uses a novel philosophical approach to examine whether Maimonides' Guide for the Perplexed contains a naturalistic doctrine of salvation after death. The author examines the apparent tensions and contradictions…

    Paperback – 2010-06-23
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  • Philosophy in a Time of Crisis

    Don Isaac Abravanel: Defender of the Faith

    By Seymour Feldman

    The expulsion from Spain did not only result in the destruction and dispersion of Spanish Jewry but led to a crisis in Jewish faith. Don Isaac Abravanel provided a systematic treatment of the main philosophical and theological beliefs of Judaism in an attempt to resolve the inner doubts of his…

    Paperback – 2010-06-21
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  • Muscular Judaism

    The Jewish Body and the Politics of Regeneration

    By Todd Samuel Presner

    Providing valuable insights into an element of European nationalism and modernist culture, this book explores the development of the 'Zionist body' as opposed to the traditional stereotype of the physically weak, intellectual Jew. It charts the cultural and intellectual history showing how the '…

    Paperback – 2010-06-21
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  • Hebrew Language and Jewish Thought

    By David Patterson

    Drawing on more than three hundred Hebrew roots, the author shows that Jewish thought employs Hebrew concepts and categories that are altogether distinct from those that characterize the Western speculative tradition. Among the key categories that shape Jewish thought are holiness,…

    Paperback – 2009-09-07
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  • Jews and India

    Perceptions and Image

    By Yulia Egorova

    Exploring the image of Jews in India in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, this book looks at both the Indian attitudes towards the Jewish communities of the subcontinent and at the way Jews and Judaism in general have been represented in Indian discourse. Despite the fact that the…

    Paperback – 2009-07-24
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  • Antisemitism and Modernity

    Innovation and Continuity

    By Hyam Maccoby

    The subject of anti-Semitism, not long ago thought to be a dead issue, has been revised due to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. Maccoby traces the now topical discussion of the origins of Anti-Semitism, and especially its development in the modern world. The key questions …

    Paperback – 2009-06-08
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