David Ruderman on Jewish-Christian Debate in the Nineteenth Century
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In Missionaries, Converts, and Rabbis, David B. Ruderman considers the life and works of prominent evangelical missionary Alexander McCaul (1799-1863), who was sent to Warsaw by the London Society for the Promotion of Christianity Amongst the Jews. There McCaul became a scholar of Hebrew and rabbinic texts. Returning to England, he quickly rose up through the ranks of missionaries to become a leading figure and educator in the organization and eventually a professor of post-biblical studies at Kings College, London. In 1837, McCaul published The Old Paths, a powerful critique of rabbinic Judaism that, once translated into Hebrew and other languages, provoked controversy among Jews and Christians alike.
Missionaries, Converts, and Rabbis reconstructs a broad transnational conversation between Christians, Jews, and those in between, opening a new vista for understanding Jewish and Christian thought and the entanglements between the two faith communities that persist in the modern era. Extending the geographical and chronological reach of his previous books, Ruderman continues his exploration of the impact of Jewish-Christian relations on Jewish self-reflection and the phenomenon of mingled identities in early modern and modern Europe.
David B. Ruderman is the Joseph Meyerhoff Professor of Modern Jewish History at the University of Pennsylvania. He is author of numerous books, including Connecting the Covenants: Judaism and the Search for Christian Identity in Eighteenth-Century England, which is also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press. He won the Koret Jewish Book Award for Jewish Enlightenment in an English Key: Anglo-Jewry’s Construction of Modern Jewish Thought, and his books The World of a Renaissance Jew: The Life and Thought of Abraham b. Mordecai Farissol and Early Modern Jewry: A New Cultural History each won the National Jewish Book Award in History.
Shaul Magid is the Distinguished Fellow in Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College. From 2004 to 2018 he was a professor of religious studies and the Jay and Jeannie Schottenstein Chair of Jewish Studies in Modern Judaism at Indiana University as well as Kogod Senior Research Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. His latest books are The Bible, the Talmud, and the New Testament: Elijah Zvi Soloveitchik’s Commentary to the New Testament, Hasidism Incarnate: Hasidism, Christianity, and the Construction of Modern Judaism, and American Post-Judaism: Identity and Renewal in a Postethnic Society.Buy tickets/get more info now