The eighteen studies in this book continue the exploration of the Jewish sermon that Saperstein began in his groundbreaking Jewish Preaching 1200-1800. His new research further illustrates the importance of this genre, largely ignored by modern scholarship, as an indispensable resource for understanding Jewish history, spirituality, and thought from the High Middle Ages to the beginning of the Emancipation in Europe. The first half of the book presents thematic studies. Saperstein explores the most important occasions for traditional rabbinic preaching - the Days of Awe and the Passover season. Two studies focus on the homiletical exegesis of classical Jewish texts, and two deal with the historical interaction of Christians and Jews. He discusses the diffusion of philosophical ideas through homiletics and identifies central conceptual issues presented in the Italian Jewish pulpit. Other essays include a critical analysis of the work of Saul Levi Morteira of Amsterdam, an examination of sermons in eighteenth-century Prague for indications of a traditional community in crisis, and homiletical evidence for a developing sense of periodic identification with the state, even before the Emancipation changed the legal status of the Jews. In the second section, Saperstein presents newly discovered sermonic texts to explore a full panoply of issues relating to historical context and genre. All are published for the first time with his annotated translation accompanying the Hebrew original. Included are a qGuide for Preachers, q sermons on repentance and on the Binding of Isaac, and three eulogies, the last of fascinating memorialization of the antisemitic empress Maria Theresa.The eighteen studies in this book continue the exploration of the Jewish sermon that Saperstein began in his groundbreaking Jewish Preaching 1200-1800.
|Title||:||"Your Voice Like a Ram's Horn"|
|Publisher||:||Wayne State University Press - 1996|