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The Legacy of German Jewry$
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Hermann Levin Goldschmidt

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228263

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823228263.001.0001

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The Essence of Judaism

The Essence of Judaism

(p.123) Fourteen The Essence of Judaism
The Legacy of German Jewry

Hermann Levin Goldschmidt

Fordham University Press

This chapter discusses the historical background of the German Jewry's quest to define the essence of Judaism. This quest is one of the most important debates in world Jewish history and this controversy ultimately produced one of the most crucial intellectual breakthroughs and victories of Jewish modernity. The issue started innocently with theologian Adolf Harnack's interdisciplinary lectures in the winter of 1899–1900 where he contrasted Christianity with Judaism to the benefit of the former.

Keywords:   essence of Judaism, German Jewry, Jewish modernity, Adolf Harnack, Christianity, Judaism

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