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Marvin J. Heller

Studies in the Making of the Early Hebrew Book is a collection of twenty-four essays on various aspects of Hebrew book production in the 16th through 18th centuries. The subject matter encompasses little known printing-presses, makers of Hebrew books, and book arts. The print-shops were in such locations as Padua, Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Verona, and the first presses in Livorno. Among the makers of Hebrew books are a peripatetic printer, a chief rabbi accused of plagiarism, a convert to Judaism, and a court Jew. Book arts address the titling of Hebrew books, dating by means of chronograms, printers’ pressmarks, mirror-image monograms, and the development of the Talmudic page. The book is completed with miscellaneous but related articles on early Hebrew book sale catalogues, worker to book production ratio in an eighteenth century press, and an attempt to circumvent the Inquisition’s ban on the printing of the Talmud in sixteenth Century Italy.

Roots of Theological Anti-Semitism

German Biblical Interpretation and the Jews, from Herder and Semler to Kittel and Bultmann


Anders Gerdmar

As Adolf Hitler strategised his way to power, he knew that it was necessary to gain the support of theology and the Church. This study begins two hundred years earlier, however, looking at roots of theological anti-Semitism and how Jews and Judaism were constructed, positively and negatively, in the biblical interpretation of German Protestant theology. Following the two main streams of German theology, the salvation-historical and the Enlightenment-oriented traditions, it examines leading exegetes from the 1750s to the 1950s and explores how theology legitimises or delegitimises oppression of Jews, in part through still-prevailing paradigms. This is the first comprehensive analysis of its kind, and the result of the analysis of the interplay between biblical exegesis and attitudes to Jews and Judaism is a fascinating and often frightening portrait of theology as a servant of power.

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David Rothstein

Samaritan Version and the Masoretic Version (Tel Aviv: Haim Rubin Tel Aviv University Press, 2010), 379. For discussion of the complexities involved in establishing a methodologically critical edition of SP, see Stefan Schorch, “A Critical editio maior of the Samaritan Pentateuch: State of Research

“A Fall of Snow Maintains the Warmth of the Earth”

Léon Brunschvicg in the Eyes of Emmanuel Levinas and the Search for Universalism in Judaism

Hanoch Ben-Pazi

beauty, betrays the thought that it should have served.” 27 4 Brunschvicg and “The French Idealism” Brunschvicg’s greatest philosophical project was his effort to lay the foundations for the future of “French Idealism,” by a re-reading of Descartes’s writings. His strict reflective methodology made it

Wojciech Tworek

the part of many protagonists of the book, as Kohler argues, was based on the methodological and theological premises of the Wissenschaft project and not on the emancipatory ambitions of its participants. Although they may have rejected Kabbalah as unbecoming of their vision of Judaism, which they

Emile Schrijver

Modern Auction Catalogues of Jewish Books: Commerce Meeting Scholarship. Some Methodological Reflections 1 The following considerations are based on experience accumulated in two different areas of the Jewish book world: the one related to biblio- graphical scholarship and librarianship and the

Eran Viezel

the biblical text, they are too brief to give provide any evidence of underlying views regarding the issue of the mt , the methodological difficulties entailed in emending the text, or the importance and status of other textual witnesses. The fact that some exhibit a complex, inconsistent attitude

Aviad Moreno

provides a methodological contribution to historians’ efforts to reconstruct voices from the past. Despite the critical contributions of edited narratives, they raise methodological obstacles and lacunae: they restrict our ability to trace the shifting mindsets of narrators within dynamic social

Francesco Zanella

Abstract The aim of the present paper is to highlight the main theoretical features of the semantic methodology known as “componential analysis of meaning” (CA), espe- cially focusing on their heuristic relevance in their application to Ancient Hebrew (AH). 2 The elucidation of the theoretical principles

Hans-Joachim Hahn and Olaf Terpitz

European Jewish Studies to meet and exchange on a regular basis. The Forum envisages in particular an intense exchange between scholars of di ff erent ages in order to establish a network which explores the diversity as well as new methodological and thematic trends of the growing academic fi eld of East