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The Social Scientific Study of JewrySources, Approaches, Debates$
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Uzi Rebhun

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199363490

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199363490.001.0001

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The God of History

The God of History

(p.357) Zionism, Israel, and the Middle East
The Social Scientific Study of Jewry

Olga Litvak

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews three biographical works on Jewish historians and historiography. These are “Shmuel Ettinger: Historian, teacher and public figure,” by Yaakov Barna, “Elias Bickerman as a Historian of the Jew,” by Albert I. Baumgarten and “Prophets of the Past: Interpreters of Jewish History,” by Michael Brenner. This chapter analyzes the impartiality and objectivity of the historians in their accounts of the Jewish experience and the presentation of men and events as part of universal history and not as a link between the Hebrew Scriptures and the rabbinic period.

Keywords:   Jewish historians, Shmuel Ettinger, Yaakov Barna, Elias Bickerman, Albert I. Baumgarten, Prophets, Jewish History, Michael Brenner, universal history, Hebrew Scriptures, rabbinic period

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