Approaching shared heroes: Cultural transfer and transnational Jewish history

Micha J. Perry, Rebekka Voß

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This special issue of Jewish History is devoted to shared heroes in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It explores diverse images of heroes that are shared by at least two of these religious traditions by comparing each figure’s origin, inventions, and reinventions within varying cultural contexts in antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the early modern period and by highlighting the cross-cultural significance of their counterstories and entangled histories. The construction and deconstruction, interpretation and reception of these heroic figures and their sociocultural roles over time and space bear witness to the encounters of Jews and Judaism with neighboring cultures. The approaches to our subject presented in this collection illuminate how the long-established rubric of “the hero” benefits from a cross-cultural approach. In turn, empirical data culled from the cross-cultural study of heroes demonstrate the inner workings of cultural transfer and, we believe, contribute an original perspective to the field of transnational history, which focuses on cultural entanglement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalJewish History
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2016

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  • Cultural transfer Heroic
  • Heroes
  • Jewish historiography
  • Transnational history

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History


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