Jewish-Christian Religiosity: A Study in Twentieth-Century Central European History

Amir Engel*

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The article explores the interaction of the German, Jewish, and Christian traditions in the first part of the twentieth century in Central Europe to show three cases, in which these traditions merge into one. I name the result of this interaction "Jewish-Christian religiosity". The name conveys a desire, common to the cases discussed, to overcome the traditional distinctions between Jews and Germans and Jews and Christians. It also conveys the belief that spirituality could bridge the gap between people and promote a more open society for all. All three cases expand notions first conceived by Romantic and idealist thinkers in order to facilitate interest in arcane Jewish sources like the Kabbalah and Hasidism. As the article suggests, eclectic worldviews like those discussed here may appear unfamiliar, but they continue intellectual and cultural trends that were discussed in the literature before.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)764-784
Number of pages21
JournalModern Intellectual History
Issue number3
StatePublished - 12 Sep 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
I thank Daniel Chamudot for his help in preparing the manuscript.

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