Book Announcement: Episodes in Early Modern and Modern Christian-Jewish Relations: Diasporas, Dogmas, Differences

Episodes in Early Modern and Modern Christian-Jewish Relations: Diasporas, Dogmas, Differences now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Hardback, pp225, £52.99 / $90.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Episodes in Early Modern and Modern Christian-Jewish Relations: Diasporas, Dogmas, Differences by Paolo L. Bernardini.

The history of the Christian-Jewish relations is full of curious, intense, and occasionally tragic episodes. In the dialectical development of the Western monotheistic religions, Judaism plays the role of the “thesis”, of the origins and background for the rise of Christianity and Islam. With the rise of Christianity, Judaism was progressively marginalized, since it was denied the same essence and validity of Christianity, which grew immensely in terms of spiritual and secular power.

This volume casts light on some crucial episodes in the long dialectics within the same intellectual and religious framework, touching upon themes such as the conception of time future in the age of Spinoza, the early encounters of Judaism and Christianity in eighteenth-century England, the memory of the Shoah, and the political revolution present in the system of the Jewish Commonwealth. From early to late Modernity, there is a history of friendship and diffidence, mutual understanding and dramatic disagreements, which, even today, largely conditions the Western intellectual world.

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About the Author

Paolo L. Bernardini is Professor of Early Modern European History at the University of Insubria, Italy. He was inaugural Fellow of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study in 2011, and inaugural Senior Fellow at the Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies-Jewish Skepticism at the University of Hamburg in 2015–2016, where he completed the first edition of the unpublished Latin manuscript Porta Veritatis (1634–1640) by Benedetto Pinelli. His publications in the area of Christian-Jewish relations include The Jews and the Expansion of Europe to the West 1450–1800 (2001) and The Jews: Instructions for Use. Four Eighteenth-Century Projects for the Emancipation of the European Jews (2012). His publications in Italian include Reasons for Naturalizing the Jews in Great Britain and Ireland (1714) (1998) and La questione ebraica nel tardo illuminismo tedesco (1992), devoted to the work of C. W. Dohm.

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