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A Best-Selling Hebrew Book of the Modern Era

The Book of the Covenant of Pinhas Hurwitz and Its Remarkable Legacy

In 1797, in what is now the Czech Republic, Pinas Hurwitz published Book of the Covenant. Nominally an extended commentary on a sixteenth-century kabbalist text, Pinas's publication was in fact a compendium of scientific knowledge and a manual of moral behavior. Its popularity stemmed from its ability to present the scientific advances and moral cosmopolitanism of its day in the context of Jewish legal and mystical tradition. Describing the latest developments in science and philosophy in the sacred language of Hebrew, Hurwitz argued that an intellectual understanding of the cosmos was not at odds with but actually key to achieving spiritual attainment.

In A Best-Selling Hebrew Book of the Modern Era, David Ruderman offers a literary and intellectual history of Hurwitz's book and its legacy. Hurwitz not only wrote the book, but also was instrumental in selling it, and his success ultimately led to the publication of more than forty editions in Hebrew, Ladino, and Yiddish. Ruderman provides a multidimensional picture of the book and the intellectual tradition it helped to inaugurate. Complicating accounts that consider modern Jewish thought to be the product of a radical break from a religious, mystical past, Ruderman shows how, instead, a complex continuity shaped Jewish society's confrontation with modernity.

About the Author

David B. Ruderman is Joseph Meyerhoff Professor of modern Jewish history at the University of Pennsylvania.

Reviews

"Brings us one step closer to a revision of modern Jewish intellectual history, providing us with a window into the myriad ways in which Jewish thought was transformed in modern Western life."—Association for Jewish Studies Review

"Brings a new perspective to considering the dimensions of Jewish modernity from the history of the book. . . . [Ruderman's] exploration of book marketing as a markedly modern exercise should invite future scholars to conduct comparative research on the role of literary bestsellers in the shaping of modern Judaism."—Journal of Jewish Studies

University of Washington Press
Samuel and Althea Stroum Lectures in Jewish Studies

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Mediating Modernity

edited by Lauren B. Strauss, Michael Brenner, with contributions by Elisheva Carlebach, David Ellenson, Gershon Shaked, Evyatar Friesel, Steven M. Lowenstein, Jonathan D. Sarna, David B. Ruderman, David Myers, Peter Pulzer, Lauren B. St...
Jun 2008 - Wayne State University Press
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Jewish Thought and Scientific Discovery in Early Modern Europe

David B. Ruderman, foreword by Moshe Idel
Aug 2001 - Wayne State University Press
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Revolutionary Jews from Spinoza to Marx

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School Photos in Liquid Time

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The Jewish Bible

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