Other and Brother: Jesus in the 20th-Century Jewish Literary Landscape
Other and Brother: Jesus in the 20th-Century Jewish Literary Landscape by Neta Stahl
Other and Brother: Jesus in the 20th-Century Jewish Literary Landscape Author: Neta Stahl
Title: Other and Brother: Jesus in the 20th-Century Jewish Literary Landscape
ISBN: 0199760004
ISBN13: 978-0199760008
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Pages: 248 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (December 17, 2012)
Language: English
Category: Other
Size PDF version: 1845 kb
Size EPUB version: 1454 kb
Subcategory: Humanities




In a groundbreaking book, Neta Stahl examines the attitudes adopted by modern Jewish writers toward the figure of Jesus. Stahl argues that twentieth-century Jewish writers reconsidered Jesus' traditional status as the Christian Other and looked to him instead as a fellow Jew, a "brother," and even as a model for the "New Jew."Other and Brother analyzes the work of a wide array of modern Jewish writers, beginning in the early twentieth century and ending with contemporary Israeli literature. Stahl takes the reader through dramatic changes in Jewish life from the Haskalah (or Jewish Enlightenment) and Emancipation, to Zionism, the Holocaust, and the formation of the state of Israel. She shows, for example, how the emergence of quasi-messianic Zionist ideas about returning to the land of Israel, where the actual Jesus was born, helped make the figure of Jesus a source of attraction and identification for Hebrew and Yiddish writers in the first half of the twentieth century, and how the fateful events of that century brought about a major transformation in the Jewish attitude toward Jesus. Stahl's nuanced and insightful historiography of modern Hebrew and Jewish literature will be a valuable resource for anyone interested in the role of Jesus in Jewish culture.