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Publisher:Princeton University Press
Published In:2011
ISBN-10:0691130728
ISBN-13:9780691130729
Binding Type:Hardback
Weight:1.69 lbs
Pages:pp. 224

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About the Book

Is Judaism a religion, a culture, a nationality--or a mixture of all of these? In How Judaism Became a Religion, Leora Batnitzky boldly argues that this question more than any other has driven modern Jewish thought since the eighteenth century. This wide-ranging and lucid introduction tells the story of how Judaism came to be defined as a Religion in the modern period--and why Jewish thinkers have fought as well as championed this idea.

Ever since the Enlightenment, Jewish thinkers have debated whether and how Judaism--largely a religion of practice and public adherence to law--can fit into a modern, Protestant conception of religion as an individual and private matter of belief or faith. Batnitzky makes the novel argument that it is this clash between the modern category of religion and Judaism that is responsible for much of the creative tension in modern Jewish thought. Tracing how the idea of Jewish religion has been defended and resisted from the eighteenth century to today, the Book discusses many of the major Jewish thinkers of the past three centuries, including Moses Mendelssohn, Abraham Geiger, Hermann Cohen, Martin Buber, Zvi Yehuda Kook, Theodor Herzl, and Mordecai Kaplan. At the same time, it tells the story of modern orthodoxy, the German-Jewish renaissance, Jewish religion after the Holocaust, the emergence of the Jewish individual, the birth of Jewish nationalism, and Jewish religion in America.

More than an introduction, How Judaism Became a Religion presents a compelling new perspective on the History of modern Jewish thought.

About the Author

Leora Batnitzky is professor and chair in the Department of Religion at Princeton University, where she also directs the Tikvah Project on Jewish Thought. She is the author of Leo Strauss and Emmanuel Levinas: Philosophy and the Politics of Revelation and Idolatry and Representation: The Philosophy of Franz Rosenzweig Reconsidered (Princeton).

Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1


Part I: Judaism as Religion 11
Chapter 1: Modern Judaism and the Invention of Jewish Religion 13
Chapter 2: Religion as History: Religious Reform and the Invention of Modern Orthodoxy 32
Chapter 3: Religion as Reason and the Separation of Religion from Politics 52
Chapter 4: Religion as Experience: The German Jewish Renaissance 73
Chapter 5: Jewish Religion after the Holocaust 91


Part II: Detaching Judaism from Religion 109
Chapter 6: The Irrelevance of Religion and the Emergence of the Jewish Individual 111
Chapter 7: The Transformation of Tradition and the Invention of Jewish Culture 130
Chapter 8: The Rejection of Jewish Religion and the Birth of Jewish Nationalism 147
Chapter 9: Jewish Religion in the United States 166
Conclusion 183


Notes 193
Index 203

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