Dramatic History: Reflections on a Biblical Play by Ludwig Robert

Ezra Mendelsohn

in Studies in Contemporary Jewry: XII: Literary Strategies: Jewish Texts and Contexts

Published in print April 1997 | ISBN: 9780195112030
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854608 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Contemporary Jewry

Dramatic History: Reflections on a Biblical Play by Ludwig Robert

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This chapter deals with the literary works of Ludwig Robert, a German Jewish playwright, who wrote a biblical play about Jephthah, entitled Die Tochter Jephthas. The main character Jephthah is a war hero in the Bible, who makes a terrible pledge of his daughter to God in the form of a human sacrifice to win a war. In contrast to the biblical Jephthah, Robert's Jephthah is both warrior and madman, a hero turned irrational, able to kill his daughter as well as Acha's son. Ludwig Robert was the first German author to write Jewish material that dealt with a biblical subject.

Keywords: literary work; Ludwig Robert; German Jewish playwright; biblical play; Jehpthah; Die Tochter Jephthah; Bible; book of Judges; God; human sacrifice

Chapter.  9863 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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