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Hasidism Incarnate: Hasidism, Christianity, and the Construction of Modern Judaism

Shaul Magid


Hasidism Incarnate argues that much of modern Judaism in the west developed under what it calls a “Christian gaze,” that is, reacting to Christianity by defending Judaism, positing that Judaism is unlike Christianity. This is done, ironically, while modern Judaism is being constructed as quite similar to Christianity in terms of its ethos, aesthetics, and attitude toward ritual and faith. Hasidism, unlike Judaism in Western Europe, is not developing under a “Christian gaze” and thus does not need to be apologetic of its positions. Free from an apologetic agenda (at least toward Christianity) w ... More

Keywords: Hasidism, Christianity, Incarnation, Kenosis, zaddik, Jesus, Kabbalah, incarnational thinking

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780804791304
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804791304.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shaul Magid, author
Indiana University