Defining Modern Academic Scholarship: Gershom Scholem and the Establishment of a New (?) Discipline

Abrams, Daniel
March 2000
Journal of Jewish Thought & Philosophy (Routledge);Mar2000, Vol. 9 Issue 2, p267
Academic Journal
Discusses Gershom Scholem's definition of academic method and self-perception as a researcher of Jewish mysticism. Argument that Scholem has been misperceived in modern Jewish historiography as a Zionist scholar; Scholem's nationalistic tendencies; Scholem's studies on the Kabbalistic work 'Zohar'; Role of Scholem in developing modern critical scholarship.


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