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Studies in Contemporary Jewry: XII: Literary Strategies: Jewish Texts and Contexts$
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Ezra Mendelsohn

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780195112030

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112030.001.0001

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Dramatic History: Reflections on a Biblical Play by Ludwig Robert

Dramatic History: Reflections on a Biblical Play by Ludwig Robert

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(p.3) Dramatic History: Reflections on a Biblical Play by Ludwig Robert
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Studies in Contemporary Jewry: XII: Literary Strategies: Jewish Texts and Contexts
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Ezra Mendelsohn

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112030.003.0001

This chapter deals with the literary works of Ludwig Robert, a German Jewish playwright, who wrote a biblical play about Jephthah, entitled Die Tochter Jephthas. The main character Jephthah is a war hero in the Bible, who makes a terrible pledge of his daughter to God in the form of a human sacrifice to win a war. In contrast to the biblical Jephthah, Robert's Jephthah is both warrior and madman, a hero turned irrational, able to kill his daughter as well as Acha's son. Ludwig Robert was the first German author to write Jewish material that dealt with a biblical subject.

Keywords:   literary work, Ludwig Robert, German Jewish playwright, biblical play, Jehpthah, Die Tochter Jephthah, Bible, book of Judges, God, human sacrifice

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