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The study of Judaism : authenticity, identity, scholarship

Author: Aaron W Hughes
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, [2013] ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Considers Jewish studies as an academic discipline from its origins to the present. The relationship between Jewish studies and religious studies is a long and complicated one, full of tensions and possibilities. Whereas the majority of scholars working within Jewish studies contend that the discipline is in a very healthy state, many who work in theory and method in religious studies disagree. For them, Jewish  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Aaron W Hughes
ISBN: 9781438448619 1438448619 9781438448626 1438448627 1461943175 9781461943174
OCLC Number: 821560733
Description: ix, 162 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Authenticity, identity, scholarship --
Encountering tradition: the search for a Jewish essence --
Imagining Judaism: scholar, community, identity --
Take ancient Judaism for example: five case studies --
Private foundations encounter Judaism --
Future prospects.
Responsibility: Aaron W. Hughes.
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Considers Jewish studies as an academic discipline from its origins to the present. The relationship between Jewish studies and religious studies is a long and complicated one, full of tensions and possibilities. Whereas the majority of scholars working within Jewish studies contend that the discipline is in a very healthy state, many who work in theory and method in religious studies disagree. For them, Jewish studies represents all that is wrong with the modern academic study of religion: too introspective, too ethnic, too navel-gazing, and too willing to reify or essentialize data that it constructs in its own image. In this book, Aaron W. Hughes explores the unique situation of Jewish studies and how it intersects with religious studies, noting particular areas of concern for those interested in the field#x19;s intellectual health and future flourishing. Hughes provides a detailed study of origins, principles, and assumptions, documenting the rise of Jewish studies in Germany and its migration to Israel and the United States. Current issues facing the academic study of Judaism are discussed, including the role of private foundations that seek inroads into the academy. (Publisher).

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