BOOKS RECEIVED:  Scham, Salem, and Pogrund, eds., “Shared Histories: A Palestinian-Israeli Dialogue” (Left Coast Press, 2005)
There is no single history of the development of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Israeli historical narrative speaks of Zionism as the Jewish national movement, of building a refuge from persecution, and of national regeneration. The Palestinian narrative speaks of invasion,… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Stern, Markschies, and Shalev-Eyni, eds., “The Monk’s Haggadah: A Fifteenth-Century Illuminated Codex from the Monastery of Tegernsee (Penn State UP, 2015)
In 1489, a magnificent illustrated Passover Haggadah was sent as a bequest to the Monastery of Saint Quirinus at Tegernsee in southern Germany. Shortly afterwards, the monastery’s librarian sent the book to a Dominican friar named Erhard von Pappenheim, a… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Thomas W. Barton, “Contested Treasure: Jews and Authority in the Crown of Aragon” (Penn State UP, 2014)
In Contested Treasure, Thomas Barton examines how the Jews in the Crown of Aragon in the twelfth through fourteenth centuries negotiated the overlapping jurisdictions and power relations of local lords and the crown. The thirteenth century was a formative… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Jordan D. Finkin, “An Inch or Two of Time: Time and Space in Jewish Modernisms” (Penn State UP, 2015)
In literary modernism, time and space are sometimes transformed from organizational categories into aesthetic objects, a transformation that can open dramatic metaphorical and creative possibilities. In An Inch or Two of Time, Jordan Finkin shows how Jewish modernists of… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Samantha Baskind, “Jewish Artists and the Bible in 20th-Century America” (Penn State UP, 2014)
Buy from NBN/University Press Books, Berkeley Jack Levine, George Segal, Audrey Flack, Larry Rivers, and R. B. Kitaj have long been considered central artists in the canon of twentieth-century American art: Levine for his biting paintings and prints of social… Read More
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