Hasidism Incarnate Hardback

Hasidism, Christianity, and the Construction of Modern Judaism

by Shaul Magid

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Hasidism Incarnate

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"Hasidism Incarnate" contends that much of modern Judaism in the West developed in reaction to Christianity and in defense of Judaism as a unique tradition. Ironically enough, this occurred even as modern Judaism increasingly dovetailed with Christianity with regard to its ethos, aesthetics, and attitude toward ritual and faith. Shaul Magid argues that the Hasidic movement in Eastern Europe constitutes an alternative "modernity," one that opens a new window on Jewish theological history. Unlike Judaism in German lands, Hasidism did not develop under a "Christian gaze" and had no need to be apologetic of its positions. Unburdened by an apologetic agenda (at least toward Christianity), it offered a particular reading of medieval Jewish Kabbalah filtered through a focus on the charismatic leader that resulted in a religious worldview that has much in common with Christianity. It is not that Hasidic masters knew about Christianity; rather, the basic tenets of Christianity remained present, albeit often in veiled form, in much kabbalistic teaching that Hasidism took up in its portrayal of the charismatic figure of the "zaddik," whom it often described in supernatural terms.

Hasidism Incarnate by Shaul Magid was published by Stanford University Press in December 2014. The ISBN for Hasidism Incarnate is 9780804791304.

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Details for Hasidism Incarnate

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherStanford University Press (December 2014)
Number of Pages296
Thickness21 mm
Height231 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4297388
Page last updated 21st June 2014
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