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Cultures in Collision and Conversation. Essays in the Intellectual History of the Jews
Boston: Academic Studies Press 2011. XIII, 367 S. = Judaism and Jewish Life. Lw. US$ 45,00. ISBN 978-1-936235-24-7.
Daniel Stein Kokin
The varied essays comprising this volume showcase the passion and precision, as well as original perspective, that have characterized David Berger’s scholarship. They also attest the range of his curios-ity and competence: while focusing on the Middle Ages, they also touch upon biblical literature and ancient history, and engage closely with contemporary concerns such as Zionism and messianic agitation in Chabad Hassidism.
A refreshing honesty and transparency pervade these pages. B. shares what is at stake in any given question, where he stands, and how this position grows out his larger intellectual and spiritual commitments. At his best, then (though not without the occasional lapse), B. manages the nearly impossible – maintaining academic rigor and dispassion without ...
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