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The Jew as Legitimation

Jewish-Gentile Relations Beyond Antisemitism and Philosemitism

Editors: Wertheim, David J. (Ed.)

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  • Provides in-depth discussions of a number of historical cases in which Jews serve as the legitimization of non-Jewish ideas, values, decisions, and exploits
  • Shows the complexity of inter-ethnic and religious relationships by emphasizing the legitimizing value of the (Jewish) minority for the (non-Jewish) majority
  • Takes understanding of inter-ethnic and religious relationships beyond the polarities of oppressors and oppressed, dominating and dominated, and colonizing and colonized
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About this book

This book traces the historical phenomenon of “the Jew as Legitimation.” Contributors discuss how Jews have been used, through time, to validate non-Jewish beliefs. The volume dissects the dilemmas and challenges this pattern has presented to Jews.
Throughout history, Jews and Judaism have served to legitimize the beliefs of Gentiles. Jews functioned as Augustine’s witnesses to the truth of Christianity, as Christian Kabbalist’s source for Protestant truths, as an argument for the enlightened claim for tolerance, as the focus of modern Christian Zionist reverence, and as a weapon of contemporary right wing populism against fears of Islamization.
This volume challenges understandings of Jewish-Gentile relations, offering a counter-perspective to discourses of antisemitism and philosemitism.

About the authors

David J. Wertheim is Director of the Menasseh ben Israel Institute for Jewish Cultural and Social studies in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, which is an academic partnership between the University of Amsterdam and the Jewish Historical Museum of Amsterdam. He is the author of Salvation through Spinoza, a Study of Jewish Culture in Weimar Germany

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“This volume brings together an array of distinguished scholars to pose a new and stimulating question: how have the Jews--or more accurately, the idea of the Jews--served as a source of legitimation for non-Jews?  Ranging from the Augustinian notion of Jewish witness to the Catholic deployment of Jews in the post WWII opening, these essays chart out the wide, though largely unexplored, terrain between triumphalist and lachrymose accounts of the Jewish past. David Wertheim is to be applauded for encouraging the contributors to shed new conceptual light on old, but important, questions.” (David N. Myers, University of California, Los Angeles, USA)

“This book is one of the most important collections dealing with the tenuous and often conflict-riddled relationships between various forms of Judaism and Christianity in Western Europe from the early Church to the post war periods. Each essay brings new and important insights into how Jews and Judaism have been made to seem instrumental to arguments that often have little to do with actual Jews or Jewish practice.  This book is more than useful; it’s an important addition to our understanding of the public use of Jews in contexts that define as well as limit them.” (Sander L. Gilman, Emory University, USA)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)
  • Introduction: The Jew as Legitimation, Jewish-Gentile Relations Beyond Antisemitism and Philosemitism

    Pages 1-15

    Wertheim, David J.

  • The Maccabean Martyrs as Models in Early Christian Writings

    Pages 17-32

    Henten, Jan Willem

  • Alterity and Self-Legitimation: The Jew as Other in Classical and Medieval Christianity

    Pages 33-45

    Cohen, Jeremy

  • The Theological Dialectics of Christian Hebraism and Kabbalah in Early Modernity

    Pages 47-62

    Kilcher, Andreas B.

  • Christian Readings of Menasseh ben Israel: Translation and Retranslation in the Early Modern World

    Pages 63-81

    Rauschenbach, Sina

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Hardcover 128,39 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Jew as Legitimation
Book Subtitle
Jewish-Gentile Relations Beyond Antisemitism and Philosemitism
Editors
  • David J. Wertheim
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-42601-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-42601-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-42600-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-82617-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 304
Number of Illustrations
1 illustrations in colour
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