Ancient Jewish Historians and the German Reich

Daniel R. Schwartz*

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Apart from an opening survey of modern study of ancient Jewish history, which emphasizes the foundational role of German-Jewish scholars, the studies united in this volume apply philological methods to the writings of four of them: Heinrich Graetz, Isaak Heinemann, Elias Bickerman(n), and Abraham Schalit. In each case, it is argued that some seemingly trivial anomaly or infelicity, in a publication about such ancient characters as Antiochus Epiphanes, Herod, and Josephus, points to the way in which the historian constructed, and revised, his understanding of the Jews’ situation under Greeks or Romans in light of his perception of the Jews’ situation under the Second or Third Reich. The collection also includes a study that focuses on a Jewish medievalist, Philipp Jaffé, and unravels the indirect but inexorable process that led from a scholarly feud about the editing of medieval Latin texts, in the 1860s, to the “Berlin Antisemitism Dispute” (BerlinerAntisemitismusstreit) of 1879–1881, which is commonly viewed as the opening act of modern German antisemitism.

Original languageAmerican English
Publisherde Gruyter
Number of pages180
ISBN (Electronic)9783110765342
ISBN (Print)9783110764833
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2024

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