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Twentieth Century Religious Thought: Volume III, Judaism

Twentieth Century Religious Thought: Volume III, Judaism

In 2017, the acclaimed Twentieth Century Religious Thought  Library expands to include Volume III, Judaism. The new volume is a gathering of 100,000 pages of the most important works and primary sources for the study of Judaism, including voices from regions around the world.
This collection will contain a curated selection of unpublished primary sources, coupled with key in-copyright or difficult-to-find texts and authors, targeting the specific needs of scholars and students of Judaism and other religions, while broadening the value the complete Twentieth Century Religious Thought Library brings to inter-religious studies.

Upon completion, the collection will contain:

  • 25,000 pages of primary sources/ archival collections (personal papers, organizations, and others)*
  • 75,000 pages of printed works*
  • 1000 images
  • 65,000 pages in English, 20,000 pages in Hebrew, and 15,000 pages in other languages (French, Italian, German) *
With the addition of this new installment, the Twentieth Century Religious Thought series aims to be the largest repository of canonical works in worldwide religions from the late 19th century through today.

Key Thinkers and Works

  • Works by Mordecai Kaplan, rabbi, essayist and Jewish educator and the co-founder of Reconstructionist Judaism, including Judaism as a Civilization: Toward a Reconstruction of American-Jewish Life and The Purpose and Meaning of Jewish Existence 
  • Works related to post-holocaust studies by Emil Ludwig Fackenheim (To Mend the World: Foundations of Post-Holocaust Jewish Thought and The Jewish Bible After the Holocaust: A Re-reading), Berel Lang (Post-Holocaust: Interpretation, Misinterpretation, and the Claims of History), Zachary Braiteman ([God] After Auschwitz: Tradition and Change in Post-Holocaust Jewish Thought)
  • Works by women like authors Blu Greenberg (On Women and Judaism: A View from Tradition) and Hava Tirosh-Samuelson (Women and Gender in Jewish Philosophy)

Central Themes

  • Jewish Mysticism
  • Rabbinic Judaism
  • Orthodox Judaism
  • Conservative Judaism
  • Reform Judaism
  • Midrash
  • Talmud
  • Jewish Law and Ethics
  • Holocaust Studies
  • Kabbalah
  • Jewish Identity
  • Zionism
*Page counts are approximate and subject to change.

Content Highlights from Markus Brann Archive, The National Library of Israel Archives Department

Mordechai Markus Brann (1849-1920) was a leading figure in the Science of Judaism. He taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary in Breslau, was one of the editors of the influential Monatsschrift für Geschichte und Wissenschaft des Judentums, and made intensive efforts to research Jewish history from archival sources. His large research network finds expression in his vast correspondence with hundreds of other researchers, rabbis, and philosophers, which was permanently deposited at the National Library of Israel shortly before World War II and is included in our collection for the first time in its entirety, upon completion.

Albeck, Schulem (1909-1912). [1 Karte (20.9.1909, Frankfurt am Main), 1 Visitkarte (12.11.1912, Warschau), alle hebr. geschrieben]. Markus Brann Archive, 1847-1924, The National Library of Israel Archives Department

Alexander, Simon (1890-1918). [1 Karte (9.1890]. Markus Brann Archive, 1847-1924, The National Library of Israel Archives Department