toldot. Essays on Jewish History and Culture

Volume 12

Ignác Goldzihers monotheistische Wissenschaft

Zur Historisierung des Islam

With a foreword by Dan Diner

Jan Eike Dunkhase tells the story of how and why Spinoza (1632–1677) became a cultural icon for secular Israelis. Drawing a line between early modern Amsterdam and contemporary Tel Aviv, extending from the seventeenth century to the present, this essay on the appropriation of Spinoza by national Jewish memory deals with thinkers as Moses Hess, historians as Heinrich Graetz, and Zionists from Eastern Europe such as Joseph Klausner, Nahum Sokolov and David Ben-Gurion.

Particular attention is paid to the Hebrew translations of Spinoza's work, which have provided the basis for creative adoptions of the philosopher's thinking in current Israeli culture. Thus, the genealogy of »Spinoza the Hebrew« opens a new historic perspective on Israeli secularism and its conflicts.

211 pp., paperback

Göttingen/Bristol, Conn.: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2014

ISBN: 978-3-525-35113-0
Price: 25,00 € (D)

ISBN (e-book): 978-3-647-35113-1 (E-Book)
Price: 19,99 € (D)