The Faith of Fallen Jews

Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi and the Writing of Jewish History

Edited by David N. Myers and Alexander Kaye

From his first book, From Spanish Court to Italian Ghetto, to his well-known volume on Jewish memory, Zakhor, to his treatment of Sigmund Freud in Freud’s Moses, Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi (1932–2009) earned recognition as perhaps the greatest Jewish historian of his day, whose scholarship blended vast erudition, unfettered creativity, and lyrical beauty. This volume charts his intellectual trajectory by bringing together a mix of classic and lesser-known essays from the whole of his career. The essays in this collection, representative of the range of his writing, acquaint the reader with his research on early modern Spanish Jewry and the experience of crypto-Jews, varied reflections on Jewish history and memory, and Yerushalmi’s enduring interest in the political history of the Jews. Also included are a number of little-known autobiographical recollections, as well as his only published work of fiction.

Paper: $40 | E-book: $39.99
ISBN-13: 9781611684872
Pages: 376 | Size: 6 in. x 9 in.
Date Published: December 3, 2013

About the Author

Alexander Kaye

My research deals in the history of Jewish thought, with a special focus on political thought, the history of law and theories of Jewish modernity. I am also an expert in Israel Studies and my research in the history of Israel focuses on the relationship between law, religion and politics, and in particular in the history of religious Zionism.

My latest book is The Invention of Jewish Theocracy (Oxford University Press, 2020).

I also have an interest in Jewish …

David N. Myers

David N. Myers is professor of Jewish history and chair of the History Department at UCLA. He is the author or editor of nine books.

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