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From Alexandria to Berlin:

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This chapter examines the various readings of Exagoge, to explore the metamorphosis that Exagoge underwent from Alexandria en route to Berlin. The agenda and intentions of the different readers generated a variety of meanings, ranging from Christian apologetics during the Roman period, anti-Jewish propaganda during the Renaissance, theater apologetics in the French Baroque, to its ultimate comeback as a "Jewish enough" text. In some ways, Judaism has encountered modernity twice: the first time following the conquests of Alexander the Great, and the second time in the wake of Napoleon's conquests. In both cases, mainstream Judaism faced new vistas and opportunities for joining the new world. The price, though, was renunciation of Messianic dreams and of a national sentiment considered "too Jewish" or "uniquely Jewish" either by the Jews of Alexandria represented by Ezekiel, or the Jews of Germany, represented by those who wrote about Exagoge in the nineteenth century.

Keywords:Alexandria; Berlin; Exagoge; Ezekiel; Germany; Jewish Canon; Judaism



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