The Jewish Contribution to Civilization: Reassessing an Idea

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Jeremy Cohen, Richard I. Cohen
Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2008 - History - 245 pages
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The biblical idea of a distinct ‚??Jewish contribution to civilization‚?? continues to engage Jews and non-Jews alike. This book seeks neither to document nor to discredit the notion, but rather to investigate the idea itself as it has been understood from the seventeenth century to the present. It explores the role that the concept has played in Jewish self-definition, how it has influenced the political, social, and cultural history of the Jews and of others, and whether discussion of the notion still has relevance in the world today. The book offers a broad spectrum of academic opinion: from tempered advocacy to reasoned disavowal, with many alternative variations on the theme in between. It attempts to illustrate the centrality of the question in modern Jewish culture in general, and its importance for modern Jewish studies in particular.

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