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The Essence of Judaism

Hermann Levin Goldschmidt

in The Legacy of German Jewry

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780823228263
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237142 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823228263.003.0015
The Essence of Judaism

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This chapter discusses the historical background of the German Jewry's quest to define the essence of Judaism. This quest is one of the most important debates in world Jewish history and this controversy ultimately produced one of the most crucial intellectual breakthroughs and victories of Jewish modernity. The issue started innocently with theologian Adolf Harnack's interdisciplinary lectures in the winter of 1899–1900 where he contrasted Christianity with Judaism to the benefit of the former.

Keywords: essence of Judaism; German Jewry; Jewish modernity; Adolf Harnack; Christianity; Judaism

Chapter.  3942 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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