Community and Controversy: Jews, Anglicans, and Biblical Criticism in Mid-Victorian England

Edward Breuer*

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Mid-nineteenth-century Victorian England was roiled by public controversies regarding the legitimacy of biblical criticism, largely fueled by Anglicans and the Church of England establishment. Jews were well aware of these public controversies and even spoke out in a forthright manner. At this very juncture there was also a rather remarkable Jewish scholar, Marcus Kalisch, who began to advance critical notions in his commentary to the Pentateuch, ultimately coming to conclusions not altogether different from the leading critical scholars in Germany. This article explores the way in which Anglo-Jews first avoided, and then finally confronted, Kalisch's work, and what that said about communal sensitivities and self-consciousness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)252-281
Number of pages30
JournalAJS Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2021

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© 2021 Association for Jewish Studies.

RAMBI Publications

  • Rambi Publications
  • Anglicans -- England
  • Bible -- Criticism, interpretation, etc -- England -- History -- 19th century
  • Jews -- England -- Attitudes -- History -- 19th century
  • Kalisch, M. M -- (Marcus Moritz) -- 1825-1885


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