Academic journal article The Jewish Quarterly Review

Editors' Introduction

Academic journal article The Jewish Quarterly Review

Editors' Introduction

Article excerpt

This ISSUE of the Jewish Quarterly Review is devoted to exploring the early modem period of Jewish histoiy. Over the course of the last quarter centuiy or so, that temporal marker has entered the lexicon of Jewish studies, attracting an ever-expanding array of inventive scholars. The early modem is not a mere passageway between the medieval and the modem; it was, on its own terms, a laboratory for political, cultural, and religious innovation-a site of constant and enthusiastic boundaiy-crossing between science, philosophy, and the occult, among many other domains of knowledge.

The first reason why we devote this issue of JQR to the early modem is to acknowledge and expose our readers to some of the excellent work being done in this important field. The second is to recognize the achievement of David Ruderman, Ella Darivoff Director of the Herbert D. …

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