Modern Jewish Thought on Crisis: Interpretation, Heresy, and History: Interpretation, Heresy, and History

Ghilad H. Shenhav, Cedric Cohen-Skalli, Gilad Sharvit

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This volume brings together scholars from a range of disciplines to explore the intersections between crisis, scholarship, and action. The aim of this book is to think about the “moment of crisis,” through the concepts, writings, and methodologies awarded to us by Jewish thinkers in modernity. This book offers a broad gallery of accounts on the notion of crisis in Jewish modernity while emphasizing three terms: interpretation, heresy, and messianism. The main thesis of the volume is that the diasporic and exilic experience of the Jewish people turned their philosophers and theologians into “experts in crisis management” who had to find resources within their own religion, culture and traditions in order to react, endure and overcome short- and long-term historical crises. The underlining assumption of this book is therefore that Jewish thought obtains resources for conceptualizing and reacting to the current forms of crisis in the global, European, and Israeli spheres. The volume addresses a large readership in humanities, social and political sciences and religious studies, taking as its assumption that scholars in modern Jewish thought have an extended responsibility to engage in contemporary debates.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherDe Gruyter
Number of pages293
ISBN (Electronic)9783111342887
ISBN (Print)9783111342825
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2024
Externally publishedYes

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© 2024 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston Printing and binding: CPI books GmbH, Leck.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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