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This chapter explores the prose traditions in the Writings under the broad division between historiography and storytelling. While 1–2 Chronicles and Ezra-Nehemiah make use of archival sources and possibly genuine first-person accounts, these materials are arranged and subsumed under an ideological umbrella—much like contemporaneous Greek his…[Read more]
Caroline Wilkinson deposited Review of Peter J. Capuano, Changing Hands: Industry, Evolution, and the Reconfiguration of the Victorian Body in the group Jewish Studies on Humanities Commons 1 month ago
Review of Peter J. Capuano, Changing Hands: Industry, Evolution, and the Reconfiguration of the Victorian Body
ABSTRACT: How to understand the processes, by which bodies ingest, gestate, generate, excrete, and expel various kinds of substances? This paper treats these questions as sorted through in rabbinic texts. The ways in which we think about how material bodies come into being, and the ways in which we distinguish and explain the emergence, entry, and…[Read more]
Drawing on rabbinic sources redacted in the early third and late fourth/ early fifth centuries, this paper tracks the intertwined lives of divine image-things and rabbis living in late Roman and Byzantine period Palestine. The paper argues that the religious image-things of others (or avodah zarah, in rabbinic terms) pressed in different ways on…[Read more]
Wie können wir den Holocaust queer erzählen? Diese Frage hat sich meines Wissens bisher noch niemand gestellt. Insofern betrachte ich meinen Beitrag als einen ersten Versuch, eine queere Geschichte des Holocaust zu schreiben. Meinem Anliegen nähere ich in mich in zweifacher Weise: Zunächst untersuche ich diejenigen Holocaustopfer, die nach gle…[Read more]
Gregor M. Schwarb deposited The Arabic translation by David b. Joshua Maimonides (ca. 1335-1410) of Moses Maimonides’s Mishneh Torah, Sefer ha-Maddaʿ, Hilkhot Yesodei ha-Torah I-IV: a revised version in Arabic script of Blumenthal’s 1985 edition in the group Jewish Studies on Humanities Commons 3 months ago
The present edition was originally prepared for a paper given at the international conference “Bridging the Worlds of Judaism and Islam” held at Bar-Ilan University on January 3-4, 2006 (“ʿAlī ibn Ṭaybughā’s commentary on Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah, Sefer ha-Maddaʿ, Hilkhot Yesodei ha-Torah I-IV: a philosophical ‘encyclopaedia’ of the 14th century…[Read more]
Review of the recently translated correspondence between Hannah Arendt and Gershon Scholem
This essay looks at how the Persian authorization to rebuild of Jewish temple at Elephantine reflects imperial policy and sheds light on post-exilic Judaism.
An introduction and overview of a new column which will review projects at the intersection of digital humanities and Jewish Studies
Footprints: Jewish Books Through Time and Place is a database and research project designed to trace books-in-motion. It brings together acts of careful individual research with large-scale quantification and mapping: using inscriptions, owner’s marks, and catalogues of copies of early Jewish printed books. The project is a cooperative endeavor o…[Read more]
Theoretical discussion of law and narrative and their interaction in biblical historiography.
Literary and historical analysis of the passage at Num 9:1–14
Presents a new compositional history of the centralization law.
In this essay I sketch an outline of how the book of Isaiah presents its politics, working from the assumption—based on the research of Peter Ackroyd and others—that the presentation of Isaiah, the prophet, in the book’s opening chapters is key. I end up arguing that the book advocates for Davidic politics, as others have claimed, but that its d…[Read more]
is article aims to read closely the tannaitic material pertaining to judicial discretion and legal justice with the understanding that the rabbis are not simply clarifying certain specialized ques- tions about courtroom procedure but are seriously engaging a core facet of Roman imperial and Hellenistic ideology: the bene ts and de cits of the rule…[Read more]
‘Passio Iudeorum Pragensium’, a late fourteenth–century pogrom narrative from Bohemia, provides many unique insights into the medieval tradition of pogrom narratives. It is preserved in the form of a number of related but distinct textual units that allow us to examine the discursive nature of texts such as these. This discursiveness is illus…[Read more]
In reconstructing the events leading to the Prague Easter massacre of 1389, perhaps the deadliest anti-Jewish pogrom in the Bohemian lands prior to WWII, modern historian relied for the most part on literary sources. Yet, these sources composed in Latin, Czech, German and Hebrew pose many problems. Not only are there few historians who can…[Read more]
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