Perceptions of Jewish History

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University of California Press, Mar 3, 1993 - Religion - 408 pages
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"Perceptions of Jewish History scintillates with original ideas and insights. It will appeal to a broad audience."--Michael A. Signer, University of Notre Dame "Students of the Jewish past will welcome this volume; it will also attract readers with the widest possible range of interests."--Robert Chazan, New York University
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Collective Memory and Historical Consciousness
3
History Counterhistory and Narrative
22
History Counterhistorv and Narrative
32
Biblical and Postbiblical Perceptions of History
50
The Historical Novel as Reflexive Literature
57
The Apocalyptic Mentality
70
Medieval Exegesis and Historical Consciousness
88
Haskala History and the Medieval Tradition
234
The Modernization of Western European Jews
247
Franz Rosenzweig and the End of GermanJewish Philosophy
257
Urformell and Urzelle
260
Hermann Cohen and His Legacy
270
Rosenzweig on the Destiny of Judaism
291
Theological Responses to the Holocaust
306
The Holocaust as Punishment and Signal
307

Nachmanidess Reading of the Biblical Narrative
98
Gersonidess Biblical Commentary
121
Law Philosophy and Historical Awareness
131
The Image of the Ruler in Jewish Sources
155
Polemics Responses and SelfReflection
169
Changes in Christian AntiJewish Polemics in the Twelfth Century
172
Responses to Adversity
201
History Apologetics and Humanism
208
The Threshold of Modernity
220
AntiJudaism and AntiSemitism
311
The Dialectical Theology of Meaninglessness
329
Zionism Science and History
338
The Three Aspects
340
Two Images of Humanity
347
Bibliography
351
Index
375
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Amos Funkenstein was the Koret professor of Jewish history at University of California Berkeley. 

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