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Title: 'In the Grip of the Theologico-Political Predicament': Baroque and Weimar Marranism
Author(s): Rosenstock, Bruce
Subject(s): Marranos, conversos, Leo Strauss, Walter Benjamin, Gershom Scholem, Sabbatianism
Abstract: Something both remarkable and strange in Jewish history took place in Germany in the early decades of the twentieth century. The German-Jewish “generation of 1914” -- a diverse group including, among many others, Ernst Bloch, Walter Benjamin, Franz Rosenzweig, Gershom Scholem, and Martin Buber -- took it upon themselves to renew Judaism by reinvigorating and reconfiguring its messianic traditions. This modern Jewish messianism is both remarkable and strange. The intellectual and artistic output of this generation of modern Jewish messianists is certainly remarkable by any measure. What makes it strange is the kinship it bears with the much earlier outbreak of Jewish messianic fervor in baroque-era Europe around the figure of Sabbatai Zevi. For a very fine collection of essays dealing with these baroque-era messianic movements and their historical interconnection, see Goldish, Matt and Richard Popkin, eds. Jewish Messianism in the Early Modern World (Dordrecht 2001. Perhaps the most relevant essay for my purposes in this paper is Matt Goldish, “Patterns in Converso Messianism” (pp. 41-64). This paper seeks to explore the strange kinship between baroque-era and Weimar messianism.
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für Europäisch-Jüdische Studien
Citation Info: Published in Versteckter Glaube oder doppelte Identität? Das Bild des Marranentums im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert / "Concealed faith or double identity? “Marranism” in the 19th and 20th centuries, Paolo Ferruta, Hanna Lotta Lund, Anna-Dorothea Ludewig, eds., (Berlin: Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für Europäisch-Jüdische Studien, 2011)
Genre: Book Chapter
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/18706
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed: is peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS: 2011-03-07
 

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