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Christian Hebraists

Christian Hebraists

Christian Hebraists were scholars of Hebrew literature in medieval and early modern times. Hebraists approached Jewish texts with both academic and polemical motivations: some wanted to study Jesus in his time while others sought a way to convert Jews to Christianity. Their focus was on Biblical scholarship, religious philosophy, and the aggadah. Christian Hebraism offers a fascinating perspective into the history of printing, linguistics, and European culture in the Middle Ages as well as comparative religion and Jewish-Christian relations. By impacting theology, literature, science, and philosophy, Hebrew literature played a vital role in the development of Western culture.

The Rare Books Collection of the Asher Library at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership contains a number of publications relating to Christain Hebraists.
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Books available in the Asher Library:

Articles available through the Asher Library:

  • Hallo, Rudolf. "Christian Hebraists". Modern Judaism. 3, 1 (1983) 95-116.
  • Ziskind, Jonathan R. "Cornelius Bertram and Carlo Sigonio: Christian Hebraism's First Political Scientists". Journal of Ecumenical Studies. 37,3-4 (2000) 381-400.

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