From Mesopotamia to Modernity: Ten Introductions to Jewish History and Literature

By Burton L. Visotzky; David E. Fishman | Go to book overview

About the Editors
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Albert I. Baumgarten is professor in the Department of Jewish History, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel, where he is also the director of the Jacob Thubes Minerva Center for Religious Anthropology. He specializes in the history of the Second Temple Period, as well as in the times of the Mishnah and Talmud. His most recent books include: The Flourishing of Jewish Sects in the Maccabean Era ( 1997) and Self, Soul and Body in Religious Experience ( 1998), which he coedited with J. Assmann and G. Stroumsa.

Robert Chazan is the Scheuer Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. His most recent books are Barcelona and Beyond ( 1992), In the Year 1096 . . .: The First Crusade and the Jews ( 1996), and Medieval Stereotypes and Modern Antisemitism ( 1997). Prof. Chazan serves currently as president of the American Academy for Jewish Research.

Shaye J. D. Cohen is Ungerleider Professor of Judaic Studies at Brown University and director of the Judaic Studies program there. He is author of Josephus in Galilee and Rome and From Maccabees to Mishnah as well as editor of a number of scholarly volumes.

David E. Fishman is associate professor of Jewish history at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and senior research associate at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. He is coeditor of this volume and author of Russia's First Modern Jews, Dimensions of Yiddish Culture, and other studies on the history and culture of East European Jews. In addition, Fishman is editor-in-chief of Yivo Bletter and director of Project Judaica, a joint program of the Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, with JTS and YIVO.

Zvi Gitelman is professor of political science and Preston R. Tisch Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he is also director of the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies. He is the author, editor, or coeditor of nine books and more than eighty articles in scholarly journals. The most recent work is Bitter Legacy: Confronting the Holocaust in the Soviet Union ( 1997).

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction 1
  • Notes 7
  • 1 - The Hebrew Bible 9
  • Notes 35
  • Suggested Readings 35
  • 2 - Jewish History and Culture in the Hellenistic Period 37
  • Notes 54
  • Suggested Readings 55
  • 3 - Judaism Under Roman Domination: from the Hasmoneans Through the Destruction of the Second Temple 57
  • Notes 69
  • Suggested Readings 69
  • 4 - The Literature of the Rabbis 71
  • Suggested Readings 102
  • 5 - The History of Medieval Jewry 103
  • Suggested Readings 126
  • 6 - Medieval Jewish Literature 127
  • Suggested Readings 165
  • 7 - Medieval Jewish Philosophy 167
  • Notes 180
  • Suggested Readings 180
  • 8 - Modern Jewish History 181
  • Suggested Readings 206
  • 9 - History of Soviet Jewry 207
  • Notes 231
  • Suggested Readings 231
  • 10 - Modern Jewish Literature 233
  • Notes 254
  • Suggested Readings 254
  • About the Editors and Contributors 255
  • Index 257
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