Antisemitism: A History by Albert S. Lindemann, Richard S. Levy

By Albert S. Lindemann, Richard S. Levy

Antisemitism: A heritage bargains a readable assessment of a frightening subject, describing and reading the hatred that Jews have confronted from precedent days to the current. The essays contained during this quantity offer a terrific creation to the historical past and nature of antisemitism, stressing clarity, stability, and thematic coherence, whereas attempting to achieve a ways from the polemics and apologetics that so frequently cloud the topic. Chapters were written by means of best students within the box and consider an important new advancements of their parts of workmanship. jointly, the chapters conceal the total heritage of antisemitism, from the traditional Mediterranean and the pre-Christian period, during the Medieval and Early smooth sessions, to the Enlightenment and past. The later chapters specialize in the historical past of antisemitism by means of sector, taking a look at France, the English-speaking global, Russia and the Soviet Union, jap Europe, and Nazi Germany, with contributions too at the phenomenon within the Arab global, either prior to and after the root of Israel. individuals grapple with the use and abuse of the time period 'antisemitism', which used to be first coined within the mid-nineteenth century yet which has when you consider that amassed various imprecise connotations and confusingly various definitions, frequently utilized retrospectively to traditionally far-off classes and greatly varied phenomena. after all, as this booklet exhibits, hostility to Jews dates to biblical sessions, however the nature of that hostility and the various reasons to which it's been positioned have diversified over the years and infrequently been combined with admiration - a scenario which maintains within the twenty-first century.

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This seems to imply that the Hamans of history are to be viewed ultimately as acting under divine supervision—that, in other language, antisemitism is embedded in the nature of reality, an expression of an omnipotent god’s inscrutable will. The Jewish god’s use of evil to accomplish good is often noted in the Hebrew Bible, as for example in Genesis 50:20, when Joseph explains to his fearful brothers (who had earlier plotted to kill him): “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good,” in order that the Children of Israel should eventually come to Egypt, proliferate, and fulfill God’s plan for them.

The charge recurs in two parallel passages, in which it served as an argument for the extermination of the Jews. A variant appears in Philo’s work, in the first century ce, where he defends the Jews against The Ancient Mediterranean and the Pre-Christian Era 37 such hostile claims (De Virtutibus 141). As noted, Apollonius Molon, according to Josephus, called the Jews atheists and misanthropes. Apollonius was from Alabanda in Caria (the southwest of modern Turkey) and later established himself at Rhodes.

However, its citizens have turned out to be human, all too human, not notably better or worse than the other nations (which, in fact, was all that some of its founders claimed Jews to be). The double standard can be seen as a backhanded compliment to Israelis—as well as an implicit put down of the states surrounding them—since leftist critics of Israel obviously expect more of its citizens, and of Jews in general, than of the citizens of Arab or other Muslim states. The Jewish Question 33 If the solution to the Jewish Question has had ultimately to do with Jews and non-Jews sincerely agreeing to regard each as equal in rights and dignity, the failure of the Israeli state to treat its non-Jewish residents in a way that is accepted as just by most of the rest of the world is a paradoxical and sad development in a history filled with many paradoxes and much sadness.

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