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2015

History of Religion

Departmental Papers (History)

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Towards A Preliminary Portrait Of An Evangelical Missionary To The Jews: The Many Faces Of Alexander Mccaul (1799-1863), David B. Ruderman Dec 2015

Towards A Preliminary Portrait Of An Evangelical Missionary To The Jews: The Many Faces Of Alexander Mccaul (1799-1863), David B. Ruderman

Departmental Papers (History)

We live in a time of prolific scholarly output on the history of Jews and Judaism where most inhibitions about what are appropriate subjects for study and what are not have disappeared. This is especially apparent with regard to the study of converts who opted to leave the Jewish faith and community both in the pre-modern and modern eras. Labelled disparagingly in the Jewish tradition as meshumadim (apostates), many earlier Jewish scholars treated them in a negative light or generally ignored them as not properly belonging any longer to the community and its historical legacy. When they were mentioned in ...


Are Jews The Only True Monotheists? Some Critical Reflections In Jewish Thought From The Renaissance To The Present, David B. Ruderman Jan 2015

Are Jews The Only True Monotheists? Some Critical Reflections In Jewish Thought From The Renaissance To The Present, David B. Ruderman

Departmental Papers (History)

Monotheism, by simple definition, implies a belief in one God for all peoples, not for one particular nation. But as the Shemah prayer recalls, God spoke exclusively to Israel in insisting that God is one. This address came to define the essential nature of the Jewish faith, setting it apart from all other faiths both in the pre-modern and modern worlds. This essay explores the positions of a variety of thinkers on the question of the exclusive status of monotheism in Judaism from the Renaissance until the present day. It first discusses the challenge offered to Judaism by the Renaissance ...