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Ideas of Jewish History

Michael A. Meyer

History, Jewish Studies

Paperback
Published: January 1988
ISBN: 9780814319512
Pages: 376 Size: 6x9
Review

“The book's value lies not only in its being the only anthology of its kind, but also in its introduction and in the informed discussions which precede each of the textual excerpts.

— Commentary

Despite the vicissitudes of their anomalous historical experience, the Jews survive as am identifiable entity. They have withstood one challenge after another — both physical and intellectual — somehow maintaining an historical continuity. How Jewish writers have dealt with this enigma serves as the subject of this volume.

With these words from the Preface, Michael A. Meyer characterizes the scope of his Ideas of Jewish History. As the only volume of readings in the area of Jewish historiography and the philosophy of Jewish history, Ideas of Jewish History acquaints the reader with both the universal and the particular challenges inherent in the writing of Jewish history.

Michael A. Meyer is professor of Jewish History at Hebrew Union College Press in Cincinatti. The author is numerous articles and reviews, he is the President of the American Section of the International Association of Historical Societies for the Study of Jewish History.

The book's value lies not only in its being the only anthology of its kind, but also in its introduction and in the informed discussions which precede each of the textual excerpts.

– Commentary