Jewish Enlightenment in an English Key: Anglo-Jewry's Construction of Modern Jewish Thought by David B. Ruderman
The historians of the European Jewish experience have long marginalized the intellectual achievement of the Jews in England, where it was assumed that there were no fundamental figures who contributed…
Jewish Enlightenment in an English Key Anglo synopsis
The historians of the European Jewish experience have long marginalized the intellectual achievement of the Jews in England, where it was assumed that there were no fundamental figures who contributed to the development of modernJewishthought. In the first comprehensive account of the rise of Anglo-Jewish thought in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, David Raderman defended the revision of the formative beginnings of modern European Jewish culture. Reveals a vibrant Jewish intellectual life in England during the Enlightenment by studying a small but wonderful group of neglected Jewish intellectuals in the process of transforming their traditional Hebrew culture into a modernEnglish culture.
This vivid picture of the English Jews who rework their traditions in the light of Enlightenment categories sheds light on an important corner in the history of Jewish culture in England and Jewishthought during the Enlightenment. Roderman turns the traditional view that the origins of modernJewish consciousness lie exclusively within the German Jewish experience, especially the circle of Moses Mendelssohn. Apart from the famous German experience, the confrontation between Jewish and Englishthought was embraced by the unprecedented freedom enjoyed by Jews in England.
This led to less defense of Jews and Judaism. In addition to the original and great thinkers David Levy and Abraham Tang, Rodran Abraham, Joshua Van Offen, Mordecai Schnapper Levison, Samuel Falk, Isaac Delgado, Solomon Bennett, Herman Horowitz, Emmanuel Mendes da Costa, Ralph Schumberg and others.
From the obvious attraction and import to students of Jewish and Englishhistory, this study depicts the challenge of religious identification in modern times.
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