Reviews

Author: 
James A. Diamond
Reviewer: 
George Kohler

Kohler on Diamond, 'Maimonides and the Shaping of the Jewish Canon'


James A. Diamond. Maimonides and the Shaping of the Jewish Canon. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. viii + 319 pp. $99.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-107-06334-1.

Reviewed by George Kohler (Bar Ilan University)
Published on H-Judaic (March, 2016)
Commissioned by Matthew A. Kraus

Maimonides and the Theological Diversity of Judaism

Author: 
Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, Aaron W. Hughes, eds.
Reviewer: 
Steven Frankel

Frankel on Tirosh-Samuelson and Hughes, 'David Novak: Natural Law and Revealed Torah'


Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, Aaron W. Hughes, eds. David Novak: Natural Law and Revealed Torah. Leiden: Brill, 2013. 150 pp. $141.00 (paper), ISBN 978-90-04-25820-4.

Reviewed by Steven Frankel (Xavier University)
Published on H-Judaic (March, 2016)
Commissioned by Matthew A. Kraus

David Novak and the Crisis of Modern Jewish Thought

Author: 
Francesca Bregoli
Reviewer: 
Adam Shear

Shear on Bregoli, 'Mediterranean Enlightenment: Livornese Jews, Tuscan Culture, and Eighteenth-Century Reform'


Francesca Bregoli. Mediterranean Enlightenment: Livornese Jews, Tuscan Culture, and Eighteenth-Century Reform. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2014. 339 pp. $65.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8047-8650-8.

Reviewed by Adam Shear (University of Pittsburgh)
Published on H-Judaic (March, 2016)
Commissioned by Matthew A. Kraus

A Third Model of Jewish Enlightenment?

Author: 
Matthew Baigell
Reviewer: 
Ori Z. Soltes

Soltes on Baigell, 'Social Concern and Left Politics in Jewish American Art, 1880-1940'


Matthew Baigell. Social Concern and Left Politics in Jewish American Art, 1880-1940. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2015. 280 pp. $39.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8156-3396-9.

Reviewed by Ori Z. Soltes (Georgetown University)
Published on H-Judaic (February, 2016)
Commissioned by Matthew A. Kraus

Jewish American Artists as Social Critics

Author: 
Matthias B. Lehmann
Reviewer: 
Jessica Marglin

Marglin on Lehmann, 'Emissaries from the Holy Land: The Sephardic Diaspora and the Practice of Pan-Judaism in the Eighteenth Century'


Matthias B. Lehmann. Emissaries from the Holy Land: The Sephardic Diaspora and the Practice of Pan-Judaism in the Eighteenth Century. Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture Series. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2014. 352 pp. $60.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8047-8965-3.

Reviewed by Jessica Marglin (University of Southern California)
Published on H-Judaic (February, 2016)
Commissioned by Matthew A. Kraus

Author: 
William B. Jensen, Henry Fenichel, Milton Orchin
Reviewer: 
Pnina G. Abir-Am

Abir-Am on Jensen and Fenichel and Orchin, 'Scientist in the Service of Israel: The Life and Times of Ernst David Bergmann (1903-1975)'


William B. Jensen, Henry Fenichel, Milton Orchin. Scientist in the Service of Israel: The Life and Times of Ernst David Bergmann (1903-1975). Jerusalem: Hebrew University, Magnes Press, 2011. 416 pp. $49.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-965-493-580-7.

Reviewed by Pnina G. Abir-Am (Brandeis University)
Published on H-Judaic (February, 2016)
Commissioned by Matthew A. Kraus

Author: 
Jonathan Marc Gribetz
Reviewer: 
Noah Haiduc-Dale

Haiduc-Dale on Gribetz, 'Defining Neighbors: Religion, Race, and the Early Zionist-Arab Encounter'


Jonathan Marc Gribetz. Defining Neighbors: Religion, Race, and the Early Zionist-Arab Encounter. Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the Ancient to the Modern World Series. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014. 312 pp. $35.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-691-15950-8.

Reviewed by Noah Haiduc-Dale (Centenary College)
Published on H-Judaic (February, 2016)
Commissioned by Matthew A. Kraus

Author: 
Kenyon Zimmer
Reviewer: 
Daniel Soyer

Soyer on Zimmer, 'Immigrants against the State: Yiddish and Italian Anarchism in America'


Kenyon Zimmer. Immigrants against the State: Yiddish and Italian Anarchism in America. Working Class in American History Series. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2015. x + 300 pp. $30.00 (paper), ISBN 978-0-252-08092-0; $95.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-252-03938-6.

Reviewed by Daniel Soyer (Fordham University)
Published on H-Judaic (January, 2016)
Commissioned by Matthew A. Kraus

Author: 
Hizky Shoham
Reviewer: 
Rachel S. Harris

Harris on Shoham, 'Carnival in Tel Aviv: Purim and the Celebration of Urban Zionism'


Hizky Shoham. Carnival in Tel Aviv: Purim and the Celebration of Urban Zionism. Brighton: Academic Studies Press, 2014. 275 pp. $59.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-61811-351-1.

Reviewed by Rachel S. Harris (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Published on H-Judaic (January, 2016)
Commissioned by Matthew A. Kraus

Adloyada: Drunk on the History of Yishuv Purim Celebrations

Author: 
Anita Shapira
Reviewer: 
Dina Berdichevsky

Berdichevsky on Shapira, 'Yosef Haim Brenner: A Life'


Anita Shapira. Yosef Haim Brenner: A Life. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2015. 489 pp. $75.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8047-8527-3.

Reviewed by Dina Berdichevsky (Hebrew University)
Published on H-Judaic (January, 2016)
Commissioned by Matthew A. Kraus

Who Are You Yosef Haim Brenner: A Modern Author or Secular Saint?

Author: 
John G. Gager
Reviewer: 
Michael Kok

Kok on Gager, 'Who Made Early Christianity?: The Jewish Lives of the Apostle Paul'


John G. Gager. Who Made Early Christianity?: The Jewish Lives of the Apostle Paul. New York: Columbia University Press, 2015. 208 pp. $30.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-231-53937-1.

Reviewed by Michael Kok (The King's University)
Published on H-Judaic (December, 2015)
Commissioned by Matthew A. Kraus

The Jewish Reception of the Apostle Paul

Author: 
Randi Rashkover, Martin Kavka, eds.
Reviewer: 
Alexander Kaye

Kaye on Rashkover and Kavka, 'Judaism, Liberalism, and Political Theology'


Randi Rashkover, Martin Kavka, eds. Judaism, Liberalism, and Political Theology. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2014. vii + 356 pp. $85.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-253-01027-8; $35.00 (paper), ISBN 978-0-253-01032-2.

Reviewed by Alexander Kaye (The Ohio State University)
Published on H-Judaic (December, 2015)
Commissioned by Matthew A. Kraus

Political Theology Out of the Sources of Judaism

Author: 
Benjamin Pollock
Reviewer: 
Michah Gottlieb

Gottlieb on Pollock, 'Franz Rosenzweig's Conversions: World Denial and World Redemption'


Benjamin Pollock. Franz Rosenzweig's Conversions: World Denial and World Redemption. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2014. 282 pp. $60.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-253-01312-5.

Reviewed by Michah Gottlieb (New York University)
Published on H-Judaic (December, 2015)
Commissioned by Matthew A. Kraus

Coherence or Contradiction?

Author: 
Andrei A. Orlov
Reviewer: 
Vadim Putzu

Putzu on Orlov, 'Divine Scapegoats: Demonic Mimesis in Early Jewish Mysticism'


Andrei A. Orlov. Divine Scapegoats: Demonic Mimesis in Early Jewish Mysticism. New York: SUNY Press, 2015. 352 pp. $95.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-4384-5583-9.

Reviewed by Vadim Putzu (Missouri State University)
Published on H-Judaic (November, 2015)
Commissioned by Matthew A. Kraus

The Missing (Slavonic) Link in the Chain of Kabbalah?

Author: 
Shai P. Ginsburg
Reviewer: 
Jessica Carr

Carr on Ginsburg, 'Rhetoric and Nation: The Formation of Hebrew National Culture, 1880-1990'


Shai P. Ginsburg. Rhetoric and Nation: The Formation of Hebrew National Culture, 1880-1990. Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, and Art Series. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2014. 484 pp. $49.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8156-3333-4.

Reviewed by Jessica Carr (Lafayette College)
Published on H-Judaic (October, 2015)
Commissioned by Matthew A. Kraus

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