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Glaube Und Geschichte: A Vexed Relationship In German-Jewish Culture

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In the nearly 200-year-long history of Wissenschaft des Judentums—the modern critical study of Jews and Judaism—the relation of scholarly Jews to their texts and traditions, their history and sociology, has indeed been fraught with issues relating to the character of that relationship. This chapter deals with two tensions created by Wissenschaft des Judentums that seem to the author the most essential ones: the first is that between religious and secular approaches, and the second is that between efforts directed inward toward Jewish life and outwardly focused goals. The close connection between Wissenschaft des Judentums and Jewish faith is to be found most explicitly at the middle-of-the-road Jewish Theological Seminary in Breslau. The chapter looks at the religious- secular tension from a different perspective, that afforded by the work of the Israeli scholar Moshe Halbertal.

Keywords: Jewish faith; Jews; Judaism; religious- secular tension; Wissenschaft des Judentums



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