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Eliyahu Stern

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300179309

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300179309.001.0001

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Elijah and the Enlightenment

Elijah and the Enlightenment

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The Genius

Eliyahu Stern

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the philosophical leanings of Elijah ben Solomon during the Enlightenment. Historians commonly misrepresented Elijah by stating that he was a traditionalist who defended traditional rabbinic Judaism. It argues that Elijah actually questioned the canons of rabbinic authority through his hermeneutic idealism, while his opponent, Moses Mendelssohn, ardently defended the historical rabbinic tradition to German-speaking audiences.

Keywords:   Elijah ben Solomon, Enlightenment period, Moses Mendelssohn, Judaism, hermeneutic idealism, rabbinic authority

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