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Books reviewed are listed by year of publication and are in alphabetic order by title.


Dynamic Belonging: Contemporary Jewish Collective Identities, edited by Harvey E. Goldberg, Steven M. Cohen, and Ezra Kopelowitz.  New York: Berghahn Books, 2012.  268 pp.  $95.00.

The First Modern Jew: Spinoza and the History of an Image, by Daniel B. Schwartz. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2012.  270 pp.  $39.50.

The Golem Redux: From Prague to Post-Holocaust Fiction, by Elizabeth R. Baer.  Detroit: Wayne State University  Press, 2012.  229 pp.  $27.95.

Hitler’s Hangman: The Life of Heydrich by Robert Gerwarth. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012. 393pp. HHhH: A Novel by Laurent Binet. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2012. 327 pp.

Hope: A Tragedy, by Shalom Auslander.  New York: Riverhead Books, 2012.  292 pp.  $26.95.

Israel in the Persian Period. The Fifth and Fourth Centuries B.C.E., by Erhard S. Gerstenberger. Translated by Siegfried S. Schatzmann (Biblical Encyclopedia/Biblische Enzyklopädie 8; Atlanta: SBL, 2011). xviii, 575 pp.

Jesus among the Jews: Representation and Thought, edited by Neta Stahl.  New York: Routledge, 2012.  234 pp.  $135.00.

The Jews and Germans of Hamburg. The Destruction of a Civilization 1790-1945, by John Grenville. London: Routledge, 2012. 334 p.

Mielec, Poland: The Shtetl That Became a Nazi Concentration Camp, by Rochelle G. Saidel.  Jerusalem: Gefen Publishing House, 2012.  230 pp.  $24.95.

Soldiers, Rebels and Drifters: Gay Representations in Israeli Cinema, by Nir Cohen. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2012. 254 pp. $27.95.

Soulmates: Resurrecting Eve, by Juliana Geran Pilon.  New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 2012.  273 pp.  $34.95.

TANAK: A Theological and Critical Introduction to the Jewish Bible, by Marvin A. Sweeney. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2012.  544 pp.  $59.00.

Through Amateur Eyes: Film and Photography in Nazi Germany, by Frances Guerin. Minneapolis, MN:  University of Minnesota Press, 2012.  342 pp.  $27.95.

When General Grant Expelled the Jews, by Jonathan D. Sarna. New York:  Schocken, 2012.  204 pp.  $13.98.


The Aroma of Righteousness: Scent and Seduction in Rabbinic Life and Literature, by Deborah A. Green.  University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2011.  286 pp.  $69.95.

Beginnings: The First Love, the First Hate, the First Dream . . . Reflections on the Bible’s Intriguing Firsts, by Meir Shalev, translated by Stuart Schoffman.    New York: Harmony Books, 2011.  304 pp.  $25.00.

Biblical Seductions: Six Stories Retold Based on Talmud and Midrash, by Sandra E. Rapoport. Jersey City, NJ: Ktav Publishing House, 2011.  638 pp.  $29.50.

Blood Libel: The Life and Memory of Mendel Beilis, edited by Jay Beilis, Jeremy Simcha Garber, and Mark S. Stein. Chicago, IL: Beilis Publishing, 2011. 324 pp. $15.00.

The Cambridge Introduction to Emmanuel Levinas, by Michael M. Morgan.  New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011.  259 pp.  $24.99.

A Convenient Hatred: The History of Antisemitism, by Phyllis Goldstein.  Brookline, MA: Facing History and Ourselves, 2011.  405 pp.  $17.95.

Das Zeitalter des Geheimnisses: Juden, Christen und die Ökonomie des Geheimen (1400-1800), by Daniel Jütte.  Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2011.  420 pp. €54.95.

The Death Marches: The Final Phase of Nazi Genocide, by Daniel Blatman. Translated from the Hebrew by Chaya Galai. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011. 561 pp. $35.00.

The Eichmann Trial, by Deborah E. Lipstadt.  New York: Schocken Nextbook, 2011.  237 pp.  $24.95.

The Emergence of Jewish Ghettos during the Holocaust, by Dan Michman.  New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011.  191 pp.  $85.00.

Ethics after Auschwitz? Primo Levi’s & Elie Wiesel’s Response, by Carole J. Lambert. New York: Peter Lang, 2011. 184 pp. $69.95.

Faith and Freedom: Moses Mendelssohn’s Theological-Political Thought, by Michah Gottlieb.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.  209 pp.  $55.00.

Film and the Holocaust: New Perspectives on Dramas, Documentaries, and Experimental Films, by Aaron Kerner.  London: Continuum, 2011.  344 pp.  $29.95 (p); $100.00 (c).

From the Jewish Heartland: Two Centuries of Midwest Foodways, by Ellen F. Steinberg and Jack H. Prost.  Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2011.   207 pp.  $32.95.

From Washington Avenue to Washington Street, by Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff. Jerusalem and New York: Gefen Publishing House and OU Press, 2011.  498 pp.  $29.95

The German Stranger: Leo Strauss and National Socialism, by William F. Altman.  Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2011.  589 pp.  $90.00.

Gleaning Ruth: A Biblical Heroine and Her Afterlives, by Jennifer L. Koosed. Studies on Personalities of the Old Testament Series.  Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2011.  173 pp.  $49.95.

Hank Greenberg: The Hero Who Didn’t Want to Be One, by Mark Kurlansky.  New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2011. 164 pp.  $25.00.

Holy Dissent: Jewish and Christian Mystics in Eastern Europe, edited by Glenn Dynner.  Detroit, Wayne University Press, 2011.  395 pp.  $44.95.

“I have always loved the Holy Tongue”: Isaac Casaubon, the Jews, and a Forgotten Chapter in Renaissance Scholarship, by Anthony Grafton and Joanna Weinberg, with Alastair Hamilton.  Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011.  392 pp.  $35.00.

Israeli Cinema: Identities in Motion, edited by Miri Talmon and Yaron Peleg.  Austin: University of Texas Press, 2011.  372 pp., including Film Index. $55.00.

The Jewish Jesus: Revelation, Reflection, Reclamation, edited by Zev Garber. West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University Press, 2011. 405 pp. $59.95.

Jewish People, Yiddish Nation: Noah Prylucki and the Folkists in Poland, by Kalman Weiser.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011.  389 pp.  $59.95.

Jewish Studies:  A Theoretical Introduction, by Andrew Bush.  New Brunswick and London:  Rutgers University Press, 2011.  150 pp.  $39.95.

Jews and Humor, edited by Leonard J. Greenspoon.  West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press Studies in Jewish Civilization, 2011.  236 pp.  $35.00.

Jews in the Early Modern English Imagination: A Scattered Nation, by Eva Johanna Holmberg.  Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 2011.  180 pp.  $114.95.

The Jews of Rusçek: From Periphery to Capital of the Tuna Vilayet, by Zvi Keren, translated by Shulamith Berman.  Istanbul: Isis Press, 2011.  354 pp.  $

Judaism and Christian Art: Aesthetic Anxieties from the Catacombs to Colonialism, edited by Herbert L. Kessler and David Nirenberg.  Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011.  442 pp.  $19.99.

A Knight at the Opera: Heine, Herzl, Peretz, and the Legacy of Der Tannhäuser, by Leah Garrett.  West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 2011.  147 pp.  $39.95.

Local History, Transnational Memory in the Romanian Holocaust, edited by Valentina Glajar and Jeanine Teodorescu. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. 275 pp. $85.00.

The Mad Square: Modernity in German Art 1910–1937, edited by Jacqueline Strecker.   Sydney: Art Gallery NSW, 2011.  320 pp + more than 200 color and black and white illustrations. £30.00.

The Major Phases of Philip Roth, by David Gooblar.  New York: Continuum, 2011.  208 pp. $29.95.

The Modern Jewish Experience in World Cinema, edited by Lawrence Baron.  Waltham, MA: Brandeis University Press, 2011.  442 pp.  $39.95.

Music in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity, by John Arthur Smith. Farnham, Surrey/Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2011. 271 pp. $114.95.

Narrating the Law: A Poetics of Talmudic Legal Stories, by Barry Scott Wimpfheimer. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011.  239 pp.  $59.95.

Ottoman Brothers: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Early Twentieth-Century Palestine, by Michelle U. Campos.  Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2011.  343 pp.  $70.00.

Palaces of Time: Jewish Calendar and Culture in Early Modern Europe, by Elisheva Carlebach.  Cambridge, Mass. and London, England: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011.  292 pp., bibliography and index.  $35.00.

The Peace and Violence of Judaism: From the Bible to Modern Zionism, by Robert Eisen.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.  265 pp.  $29.95.

Pertenencia y alteridad: Judíos de/en América Latina: cuarenta años de cambios, edited by Haim Avni et al.  Madrid: Iberoamericana, 2011.  870 pp.

Philo, Josephus, and the Testaments on Sexuality: Attitudes towards Sexuality in the Writings of Philo and Josephus and in the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs, by William Loader.  Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Publishing, 2011.  488 pp.  $65.00.

Philosemitism in History, edited by Jonathan Karp and Adam Sutcliffe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.  348 pp.  $26.99.

The Politics of Loss and Trauma in Contemporary Israeli Cinema, by Raz Yosef.  New York and London: Routledge, 2011.  218 pp.  $125.00.

Portugal, Salazar, and the Jews, by Avraham Milgram, translated by Naftali Greenwood.  Jerusalem: Yad Vashen, 2011. 324 pp.  $50.00.

Rabbis and Revolution: The Jews of Moravia in the Age of Emancipation, by Michael Laurence Miller.  Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2011.  464 pp.  $60.00.

Rewriting Russia: Jacob Gordin’s Yiddish Drama, by Barbara Henry.  Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2011.  276 pp.  $35.00.

Sacrifice, Scripture, and Substitution: Readings in Ancient Judaism and Christianity, edited by Ann W. Astell and Sandor Goodhart. Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity 18. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2011.  475 pp.  $49.00.

Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza, by Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole.  New York: Schocken Books, 2011.  283 pp.  $26.95.

Sculpting Idolatry in Flavian Rome: (An)Iconic Rhetoric in the Writings of Flavius Josephus, by Jason von Ehrenkrook.  Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2011.  226 pp.  $29.95.

Seeing Israeli and Jewish Dance, edited by Judith Brin Ingber.  Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 2011.  457 pp., b/w illustrations.  $34.95.

Women and the Messianic Heresy of Sabbatai Zevi 1666–1816, by Ada Rapoport-Albert, translated by Deborah Greniman.  Portland: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2011. 386 pp.  $64.50.

The Status of Women in Jewish Tradition, by Isaac Sassoon.  New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011.  200 pp.  $85.00.

Through Soviet Jewish Eyes: Photography, War, and the Holocaust, by David Shneer.  New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2011. 283 pp. Illustrations, Index.  $39.95 (c); $32.50 (p).

A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction, by Ruth Franklin.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.  256 pp.  $29.95.

Vienna Art & Design: Klimt, Schiele, Hoffmann, Loos, by Christian Witt-Dörring and Paul Asenbaum, curators. Melbourne: National Gallery of Victoria, 2011.  302 pp.  $49.50 (Australian).

“Vienna is Different”: Jewish Writers in Austria from the Fin de Siècle to the Present, by Hillary Hope Herzog. Austrian and Habsburg Studies, Vol. 12. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2011. 289 pp. $95.00.

Vorbild und Gegenbild: Das iberische Judentum in der deutsch-jüdischen Erinnerungskultur 1779–1939, by Carsten Schapkow. Cologne: Böhlau, 2011.  456 pp. €54.90.


Arabs of the Jewish Faith: The Civilizing Mission in Colonial Algeria, by Joshua Schreier. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2010.  233 pp.  $49.95.

Benjamin–Agamben: Politik, Messianismus, Kabbala, edited by Vittoria Borsò, Claas Morgenroth, Karl Solibakke, and Bernd Witte. Volume 4 of “Benjamin-Blätter.”. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2010.  217 pp.  €38.00.

The Boy, A Holocaust Story, by Dan Porat. New York: Hill & Wang, 2010.  262 pp.  $26.00.

Bridge of Light: Yiddish Film Between Two Worlds, by J. Hoberman.  Updated and expanded edition. Hanover, NH: Dartmouth College Press, 2010.  432 pp.  $39.95.

Byron and the Jews, by Sheila A Spector.  Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2010.  244 pp.  $59.95.

Capitalism and the Jews, by Jerry Z. Muller.   Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010.  267 pp.  $24.95.

The Chosen Peoples: America, Israel, and the Ordeals of Divine Election, by Todd Gitlin and Liel Leibovitz.  New York: Simon and Schuster, 2010.  250 pp.  $26.00.

A Covenant of Creatures: Levinas’s Philosophy of Judaism, by Michael Fagenblat.  Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 2010.  320 pp.  $70.00 (c); $24.95 (p); $24.95 (E-book).

Elijah and the Rabbis: Story and Theology, by Kristen H. Lindbeck.  New York: Columbia University Press, 2010.  241 pp.  $26.50.

Glory and Agony: Isaac’s Sacrifice and National Narrative, by Yael S. Feldman.  Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 2010.  421 pp.  $60.00.

Hear O Lord: Poems From the Disturbances of 2000–2009, by Eliaz Cohen, translated by Larry Barak. New Milford: Toby Press, 2010. 177pp. $14.95.

Hermeneutics of Holiness: Ancient Jewish and Christian Notions of Sexuality and Religious Community, by Naomi Koltun-Fromm.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.  309 pp.  $74.00.

Hiobs Anspruch und Widerspruch: Die Herausforderungsreden Hiobs (Hi 29-31) im Kontext frühjüdischer Ethik, by Daniela Opel. Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener Verlagsgesellschaft, 2010.  366 pp.  €59.00

Holocaust as Fiction: Bernhard Schlink’s “Nazi” Novels and Their Films, by William Collins Donahue.  New York and Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.  251pp.  $85.00.

“Ich wäre ein Judenfeind?”: Zum Antijudaismus in Friedrich Schleiermachers Theologie und Pädagogik, by Matthias Blum.  Beiträge zur Historischen Bildungsforschung, Band 42.   Cologne, Weimar, Wien: Böhlau Verlag, 2010.  256 pp.  €34.90.

In the Demon’s Bedroom: Yiddish Literature and the Early Modern, by Jeremy Dauber.  New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2010.  399 pp.  $85.00.

Jewish Renaissance in the Russian Revolution, by Kenneth B. Moss.  Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2010.  384 pp.  $39.95.

Jews and the Imperial State: Identification Politics in Tsarist Russia, by Eugene M. Avrutin. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2010. 232 pp. $39.95.

Judah L. Magnes: An American Jewish Nonconformist, by Daniel P. Kotzin.  Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2010.  472 pp.  $49.95.

Die Jüdische Gemeinde von Frankfurt/Main in der frühen Neuzeit: Familien, Netzwerke und Konflikte eines jüdischen Zentrums, by Cilli Kasper-Holtkotte.  Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2010.  736 pp, numerous tables.  $266.00.

The King’s Jews: Money, Massacre, and Exodus in Medieval England, by Robin R. Mundill. New York and London: Continuum, 2010.  240 pp.  $39.95.

Legal Revision and Religious Renewal in Ancient Israel, by Bernard M. Levinson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.  234 pp.  $29.00.

Literary Passports: The Making of Modernist Hebrew Fiction in Europe, by Shachar M. Pinsker.  Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2010.  487 pp.  $60.00.

Moses Montefiore: Jewish Liberator, Imperial Hero, by Abigail Green. Cambridge, MA. Harvard University Press, 2010.  540 pp.  $35.00.

Der NS-Gau Thüringen 1939–1945. Eine Struktur- und Funktionsgeschichte, by Markus Fleischhauer.  Cologne: Böhlau Verlag, 2010.  403 pp.  $64.50.  €49.90.

Pogroms and Riots: German Press Responses to Anti-Jewish Violence in Germany and Russia (1881–1882), by Sonja Weinberg.  Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2010.  243 pp.  $64.95.

Purifying the Nation: Population Exchange and Ethnic Cleansing in Nazi-Allied Romania, by Vladimir Solonari.  Washington DC/Baltimore: Woodrow Wilson Center Press/Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.  451 pp.  $65.00.

Radical Judaism: Rethinking God and Tradition, by Arthur Green.  New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010.  197 pp.  $26.00.

Rediscovering the Dead Sea Scrolls: An Assessment of Old and New Approaches and Methods, edited by Maxine Grossman.  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2010.  331 pp.  $28.00.

The Road: Stories, Journalism, and Essays, by Vasily Grossman, translated from the Russian by Robert and Elizabeth Chandler with Olga Mukovnikova.  New York: The New York Review of Books, 2010.  374 pp.  $15.95.

Stories of the Babylonian Talmud, by Jeffrey L. Rubenstein.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.  316 pp.  $55.00.

Survivors: Jewish Self-Help and Rescue in Nazi-Occupied Western Europe, by Bob Moore. Oxford University Press, 2010.  432 pp.  $45.00.

The Talmud in its Iranian Context, edited by Carol Bakhos and M. Rahim Shayegan.  Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2010.  270 pp.  $177.50.

Transforming Relations: Essays on Jews and Christians Throughout History in Honor of Michael A. Signer, edited by Franklin T. Harkins. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2010.  476 pp.  $50.00.

Untold Tales of the Hasidim: Crisis and Discontent in the History of Hasidism, by David Assaf.  Hanover, NH: University Press of New England/Brandeis University Press, 2010. 336 pp.  $55.00 (c); $35.00 (p).

Vernacular Voices: Language and Identity in Medieval French Jewish Communities, by Kirsten A. Fudeman.  University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010.  254 pp.  $59.95.

“We Are Here”: New Approaches to Jewish Displaced Persons in Postwar Germany, edited by Avinoam J. Patt and Michael Berkowitz.  Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2010.  356 pp.  $29.95.

What is Good and What God Demands: Normative Structures in Tannaitic Literature, by Tzvi Novick.  Leiden: Brill, 2010.  248 pp.  $146.00.

Years of Persecution, Years of Extermination: Saul Friedländer and the Future of Holocaust Studies, edited by Christian Wiese and Paul Betts.  New York: Continuum, 2010.  370 pp.  $39.95.