The contributions to this volume trace for the first time how the modern Jewish reception of Josephus, the ancient historian, who witnessed and described the destruction of the Second Temple, took shape within different scholarly, religious, literary and political contexts across the Jewish world, from Amsterdam to Berlin, Vilna, Breslau, New York and Tel Aviv. The chapters show how the vagaries of his tumultuous life, spent between a small rebellious nation and the ruling circles of a vast empire, between Jewish and non-Jewish cultures, and between political action and historical reflection have been re-imagined by Jewish readers over the past three centuries in their attempts to make sense of their own times.
Andrea Schatz, Ph.D. (2003), is a reader in Jewish Studies at King’s College London. She has published widely on language, nation and diaspora in the early modern period and the eighteenth century, and on Jewish interpretations of religion and secularism.
All interested in the modern reception of Josephus and its relevance to Jewish Studies, History, Classics, Modern Literature, Reception Studies, and to wider debates on history, memory, nation, and diaspora.