- Format: Paperback
- ISBN: 978-0-7190-9547-4
- Pages: 308
- Publisher: Manchester University Press
- Price: £18.99
- Published Date: June 2014
- BIC Category: SOCIAL SCIENCE / Jewish Studies, RELIGION / Judaism / History, Society & social sciences / Jewish studies, Humanities / Social & cultural history, Humanities / 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, Modern History, Religion, History, Judaism, 20th century, c 1900 to c 1999, History & Archaeology
This book presents a radical new interpretation of Britain's Chief Rabbis from Nathan Adler to Immanuel Jakobovits. It examines the theologies of the Chief Rabbis and seeks to reveal and explain their impact on the religious life of Anglo-Jewry.
Elton overturns the argument that there was a significant shift to the right in the Chief Rabbinate during the period studied, and thereby sets out a new interpretation of the most important event in Anglo-Jewish religious history in the twentieth century, the Jacobs affair. This fascinating study develops a new and improved typology of the Jewish response to modernity, and is therefore a contribution to the neglected area of Anglo-Jewish religious history, and the history of modern Judaism as a whole.
It will be an essential resource for those studying Judaism in the modern period or the effects of modernity on religion.
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2. Historical context
3. Jewish religious responses to modernity - a typology
4. Intellectual context: theology and theologians
5. The theology of Hermann Adler
6. The religious policy of Hermann Adler
7. The theology of JH Hertz
8. The religious policy of JH Hertz
9. From the Second World War to the Jacobs Affair
10. The religious character of the Chief Rabbis, and of Anglo-Jewry
Benjamin J. Elton is a Visiting Scholar at the Columbia University Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies