Judaic Studies

Judaic Studies was initially an invention of the Jew Leopold or Lipman Zunz who constructed the Verein für Kultur und Wissenschaft der Juden (The Society for the Culture and Science of the Jews) in Berlin in 1819 and in 1823 became the editor of the Zeitschrift für die Wissenschaft des Judenthums (Journal for the Science of Judaism) in order to suggest that ‘Jewish’ was a legitimate European field of study. However, it was Moritz Steinschneider who accentuated this by inserting the Jews into the general history of Caucasian civilization.

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