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PaRDeS: Zeitschrift der Vereinigung für Jüdische Studien e.V.
Potsdam: Universitätsverlag Potsdam.

Issue 20 (2015): Jesus in the Jewish Culture of the 19th and 20th century
Issue 20 (2015): Die Figur Jesu in der Jüdischen Kultur des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts

PaRDeS, the journal of the Association of Jewish Studies e.V., is published annually both in print and in a free (open-access) online version. The journal aims to document the fruitful and multifarious culture of Judaism as well as its relationship with its environment within diverse areas of research. In addition, the journal intends to promote Jewish Studies within academic discourse and aims to discuss their historical and social responsibility.

We would like to cordially invite you to write a synopsis for an article related to the topic of “Jesus in the Jewish Culture of the 19th and 20th century” for the next issue, which will be published in spring 2015. After Jakob Emden, it was first and foremost Moses Mendelssohn, who made his Jewish and Christian contemporaries aware of Jesus of Nazareth being an observant Jew, who lived and taught according to the laws provided by the Jewish religion:

“Jesus of Nazareth was never heard to say that he had come to release the House of Jacob from the law. Indeed, he said, in express words, rather than the opposite; and what is still more, he himself did the opposite. Jesus of Nazareth himself observed not only the law of Moses but also the ordinances of rabbis.” (Moses Mendelssohn: Jerusalem)

Within a Jewish context, it was this change in perspective, which made it possible to free the figure of Jesus from the reservations held against the traditional readings of Christian churches. Consequently, from the 19th century onwards, numerous Jewish intellectuals and people engaged in the cultural sector began to deal with Jesus as a Jew, and examined the Nazarene from the respective perspectives derived from their ideological background. Precisely because of this, it is not surprising that one intellectual considered him being a reformist rabbi, while another saw him as an authentic Palestinian Jew, a Jewish nationalist or even a revolutionary, while the very next would see him as the embodiment of Jewish Martyrdom.

There have already been many fruitful discourses on the Jewish (re-)discovery of “brother Jesus” for the field of history of religion. Contrary to this, works in Jewish arts and literature have only received little attention. Therefore, works by Jewish writers, artists, and activists from the 19th and 20th century, will be the focal point in the forthcoming issue of PaRDeS: Of particular interest are texts derived from the Hebrew, Yiddish, and European Jewish literature tradition as well as works of fine art, which deal with the figure of Jesus.

We would like to invite you to submit proposals for unpublished articles related to any of the topics listed above. Abstracts (maximum 250 words), indicating the title of the article, should be sent by email to by March 1st 2014. Please note that all abstracts and articles must be written in German or English. PaRDeS 20 will be published in spring 2015. The deadline for the submission of accepted articles is Juni 15th 2014. The maximum length of articles is 6000–7500 words (30000–35000 characters, including spaces, 12–15 standard pages).

Prof. Dr. Nathanael Riemer, University of Potsdam, Germany (nriemer[et]
Prof. Dr. Avidov Lipsker, University of Bar-Ilan, Israel
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PersonName: Nathanael Riemer 
Funktion: Prof. Dr. 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Universität Potsdam 
Strasse/Postfach: Am Neuen Palais 10 
Postleitzahl: 14469 
Stadt: Potsdam 
SchlüsselbegriffeKomparatistik (Kulturvergleich, Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft)
Klassifikation15.00.00 19. Jahrhundert > 15.14.00 Stoffe. Motive. Themen; 17.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1914-1945) > 17.17.00 Stoffe. Motive. Themen; 18.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1945-1989) > 18.09.00 Stoffe. Motive. Themen
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