toldot. Essays on Jewish History and Culture

Volume 11

Spinoza der Hebräer

Zu einer israelischen Erinnerungsfigur

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.

155 pp. with 1 illustration, paperback

Göttingen/Bristol, Conn.: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2013

ISBN: 978-3-525-35112-3
Price: 25,00 € (D)

ISBN (e-book): 978-3-647-35112-4
Price: 19,99 € (D)


Joseph Croitoru, in: FAZ, 4 January 2013, 32.

Clemens Peck, in: Chilufim. Zeitschrift für jüdische Kulturgeschichte 17 (2014), 191–193.