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The First Modern JewSpinoza and the History of an Image$
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Daniel B. Schwartz

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691142913

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691142913.001.0001

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From the Heights of Mount Scopus

From the Heights of Mount Scopus

Yosef Klausner and the Zionist Rehabilitation of Spinoza

(p.113) Chapter 5 From the Heights of Mount Scopus
The First Modern Jew

Daniel B. Schwartz

Princeton University Press

This chapter contends that the issue of Spinoza's Jewish or even proto-Zionist credentials was only the surface of the debate over the appropriation of him for Jewish nationalism. It examines three contexts for the appropriation of Spinoza by Russian Zionist scholar and Hebrew literary critic, Yosef Klausner (1874–1958). The chapter begins by tracing the origins and early development of the Zionist recovery of Spinoza, focusing on the major trends and ideological frames in this reception to which Klausner was heir. It then turns to Klausner's own intellectual biography, focusing in particular on his conflicted feelings over the course a secularization of Hebrew culture should take. Finally, the chapter studies the shadow cast on Klausner's lifting of the herem (ban) on Spinoza by concomitant developments in the reception of Spinoza outside the realm of Jewish nationalism.

Keywords:   Jewish nationalism, Yosef Klausner, Zionism, Zionist Spinoza, secularization

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