New Books from Katz Center Scholars

June 1, 2022
Becky Friedman

A collection of recently published texts authored by Katz Center fellows.

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Over the past year, Katz Center scholars have published an impressive array of books, representing a range of methodological, disciplinary, and historical specializations. Browse our virtual bookshelf below to learn more about this great selection of texts and the authors who produced them.


Frontiers of Jewish Scholarship: Expanding Origins, Transcending Borders
edited by Anne O. Albert (2010–11: Conversion; 2013–14: Early Modernity), Noah S. Gerber (2014–15: Wissenschaft; 2018–19: Jews, Muslims, Modernity), and Michael A. Meyer (2014–15: Wissenschaft)
Penn Press

Biblical Women and Jewish Daily Life in the Middle Ages
Elisheva Baumgarten (1999–2000: Christian Hebraism; 2012–13: 13th Century)
Penn Press

The Land is Mine: Sephardi Jews and Bible Commentary in the Renaissance
Andrew D. Berns (2014–15: Wissenschaft)
Penn Press

Legal Engagement: The reception of Roman law and tribunals by Jews and other inhabitants of the Empire
edited by Katell BerthelotNatalie B. Dohrmann (2001–02: Biblical Exegesis), and Capucine Nemo-Pekelman
Publications de l’École française de Rome

Fear and Other Stories
Chana Blankshteyn, Translated by Anita Norich (1996–97: Israel/America; 2004–05: Modern Literature)
Wayne State University Press

Accounting for the Commandments in Medieval Judaism
edited by Jeremy P. Brown and Marc Herman (2016–17: Political Thought; 2021–22: Premodern Law)

Prague and Beyond: Jews in the Bohemian Lands
edited by Kateřina Čapková and Hillel J. Kieval (2002–03: Eastern Europe)
Penn Press

A Fortress in Brooklyn: Race, Real Estate, and the Making of Hasidic Williamsburg
Michael Casper (2020–21: America’s Jewish Questions) and Nathaniel Deutsch
Yale University Press

Samuel Hirszenberg, 1865–1908: A Polish Jewish Artist in Turmoil
Richard I. Cohen (1998–99: Poetry/Enlightenment; 2000–01: The Arts; and 2013–14: Early Modernity) and Mirjam Rajner
Littman Library, Liverpool University Press

The Oxford Handbook of the Jewish Diaspora
Hasia R. Diner (2020–21: America's Jewish Questions)
Oxford University Press

Hidden Heretics: Jewish Doubt in the Digital Age
Ayala Fader (2022–23: Modern Law)
Princeton University Press

Purity and Pollution in the Hebrew Bible: From Embodied Experience to Moral Metaphor
Yitzhaq Feder (2017–18: Nature)
Cambridge University Press

Jewish Women’s History from Antiquity to the Present
Edited by Federica Francesconi (2005–06: The Book; 2010–11: Conversion; 2013–14: Early Modernity; and 2019–20: Home) and Rebecca Lynn Winer (2012–13: 13th Century)
Wayne State University Press

"The Compassionate and Benevolent”: Jewish Ruling Elites in the Medieval Islamicate World, Alexandria as a Case Study
by Miriam Frenkel (2011–12: Travel; 2019–20: Home)
De Gruyter

Wealth, Poverty, and Charity in Jewish Antiquity
Gregg E. Gardner (2019–20: Home)
University of California Press

Jewish Magic Before the Rise of Kabbalah
Yuval Harari (2007–08: Late Antiquity)
Wayne State University Press

The Lost Orchard: The Palestinian-Arab Citrus Industry, 1850–1950
Mustafa Kabha and Nahum Karlinsky (2008–09: Commerce & Culture)
Syracuse University Press

A Heartless Chicken: Religion and Science in Early Modern Rabbinic Culture
Maoz Kahana
 (2013–14: Early Modernity; 2017–18: Nature)
Bialik Institute

Ein westfälischer Jude in der preußischen Armee: Isaac Löwenstein aus Rietberg-Neuenkirchen und sein Tagebuch 1821–1823
edited by Marion Kant (2000–01: The Arts), Manfred Beine, and Ralf Othengrafen
Verlag für Regionalgeschichte Bielefeld

Blood Inscriptions: Science, Modernity, and Ritual Murder at Europe’s Fin de Siècle
Hillel J. Kieval (2002–03: Eastern Europe)
Penn Press

Legal Writing, Legal Practice: The Biblical Bailment Law and Divine Justice
by Yael Landman (2019–20: Home)
Society of Biblical Literature

Bringing Down the Temple House: Engendering Tractate Yoma
by Marjorie Lehman (2019–20: Home)
University of Chicago Press

Jews and Journeys: Travel and the Performance of Jewish Identity
edited by Joshua Levinson (2007–08: Late Antiquity; 2011–12: Travel) and Orit Bashkin (2011–12: Travel; 2018–19: Jews, Muslims, Modernity)
Penn Press

Meir Kahane: The Public Life and Political Thought of an American Jewish Radical
by Shaul Magid (2015–16: Beyond Reason)
Princeton University Press

Slave Revolt on Screen: The Haitian Revolution in Film and Video Games
by Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall (1998–99: Poetry/Enlightenment)
University Press of Mississippi

Disputed Messiahs: Jewish and Christian Messianism in the Ashkenazic World during the Reformation
by Rebekka Voß (2013–14: Early Modernity), Translated by John Crutchfield
Wayne State University Press


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