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Interpretations of Past and Present of Jewish Culture Russian-Jewish Ideas in German Dress:

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This chapter focuses an actual translation of some Russian source into another language, or vice versa. It discusses the Bickerman's writing about the Maccabees, in German, in Die Makkabäer in 1935 and Der Gott der Makkabäer, 1937. Elias Bickerman writing in German and responding in part to the circumstances of the Jews in the twentieth century both in Bolshevik Russia and Hitler's Germany the conceptual framework behind his analysis, the template on which he was constructing his understanding of what happened in the second century BCE, both Russian and Jewish. Elias Bickerman's anachronistic slip concerning beards at the time of Antiochus IV is vindication and confirmation of the thesis of this Paper the extent to which Bickerman was thinking in Jewish Russian terms when writing in German (and later English) to the Jews of the twentieth century about the ancient Jewish past.

Keywords: Elias Bickerman; German; Jewish; Maccabees; Russia



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