Exile and the Jews: Literature, History, and Identity (JPS Anthologies of Jewish Thought) (Paperback)

Exile and the Jews: Literature, History, and Identity (JPS Anthologies of Jewish Thought) By Nancy E. Berg (Editor), Rabbi Marc Saperstein (Editor) Cover Image
By Nancy E. Berg (Editor), Rabbi Marc Saperstein (Editor)
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This first comprehensive anthology examining Jewish responses to exile from the biblical period to our modern day gathers texts from all genres of Jewish literary creativity to explore how the realities and interpretations of exile have shaped Judaism, Jewish politics, and individual Jewish identity for millennia. Ordered along multiple arcs—from universal to particular, collective to individual, and mythic-symbolic to prosaic everyday living—the chapters present different facets of exile: as human condition, in history and life, in holiday rituals, in language, as penance and atonement, as internalized experience, in relation to the Divine Presence, and more. By illuminating the multidimensional nature of “exile”—political, philosophical, religious, psychological, and mythological—widely divergent evaluations of Jewish life in the Diaspora emerge. The word “exile” and its Hebrew equivalent, galut, evoke darkness, bleakness—and yet the condition offers spiritual renewal and engenders great expressions of Jewish cultural creativity: the Babylonian Talmud, medieval Jewish philosophy, golden age poetry, and modern Jewish literature.

Exile and the Jews will engage students, academics, and general readers in contemplating immigration, displacement, evolving identity, and more.

About the Author

Nancy E. Berg is professor of Hebrew and comparative literature at Washington University in St. Louis. She is the author of Exile from Exile: Israeli Writers from Iraq and coeditor with Naomi B. Sokoloff of the National Jewish Book Award–winning What We Talk about When We Talk about Hebrew (And What It Means to Americans). Marc Saperstein served as principal and professor of Jewish history and homiletics of the Leo Baeck College, London. His dozen books include “Your Voice like a Ram’s Horn”: Themes and Texts in Traditional Jewish Preaching, a National Jewish Book Award winner in Scholarship, and Agony in the Pulpit: Jewish Preaching in Response to Nazi Persecution and Mass Murder, 1933–1945.

Praise For…

“Carefully researched and beautifully presented to create cross-generational conversations, moving from universal and existential to collective Jewish expressions of the diasporic condition, Exile and the Jews is both accessible to the general reader and invaluable to the student or scholar of Jewish studies.”—Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi, author of Booking Passage: Exile and Homecoming in the Modern Jewish Imagination

“I enthusiastically endorse this fascinating anthology as a textbook for higher education.”—Rifat Sonsino, rabbi emeritus, Temple Beth Shalom, Needham, Massachusetts, and author of Modern Judaism
Product Details
ISBN: 9780827615557
ISBN-10: 0827615558
Publisher: The Jewish Publication Society
Publication Date: April 1st, 2024
Pages: 300
Language: English
Series: JPS Anthologies of Jewish Thought