Special Issue "Jewish Theological Ideologies"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444). This special issue belongs to the section "Religions and Theologies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 5 February 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Paul Mendes-Flohr
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Guest Editor
1. Dorothy Grant Professor Emeritus of Modern Jewish Intellectual History and Religious Thought; Associate Faculty in the Department of History, Divinity School, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
2. Professor Emeritus, Department of Jewish Thought, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem 9190501, Israel
Interests: modern Jewish intellectual history; modern Jewish philosophy and religious thought; philosophy of religion; German intellectual history; the history and sociology of intellectuals
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This symposium seeks critical essays on “Jewish Theological Ideologies.”

In promoting a particular perspective of a given religious tradition theology, as well as philosophy, are often inflected with political ideologies—the impulse, to cite Robert Musil, “to carry ideas into the spheres of power” (Man Without Qualities). This is particularly pronounced in contemporary Judaism where one speaks of Religious Zionism, Religious identity, indeed, of political theology, and even of theo-politics. This issue of Religion seeks to gather critical reflections on the dialectic of theology and ideology in Jewish thought.

Prof. Dr. Paul Mendes-Flohr
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • ideology
  • theology
  • political theology
  • politics of identity
  • political messianism

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: The Idea of a Jewish Society: Yitzhak Baer’s Israel Among the Nations Reconsidered
Author(s): [invisible before peer review]
Affiliation: [invisible before peer review]
Abstract: In the early 1950’s, shortly after the establishment of the State of Israel, the historian Yitzhak (Fritz) Baer (1888-1980), who until then was recognized primarily as a historian of the Jewish Middle Ages, virtually stopped writing on the topic that had brought him fame and renown, and turned his attention almost exclusively to a different subject altogether: Jewish life in the Land of Israel in Late Antiquity, during the Second Commonwealth Period. The longest publication from this latter phase of his career was a short book, originally delivered as a series of lectures at the Hebrew University in the Winter Semester of 1953-54, and collected under the title Israel Among the Nations: An Essay on the History of the Period of the Second Temple and the Mishna and on the Foundations of the Halacha and Jewish Religion (1955). Long neglected and rejected by the scholarship, I wish to reconsider this work as a response to the “crisis of idealism” in Israeli society in the aftermath of the establishment of the state, and present it as an original model of Jewish theopolitics.

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