T HE J EWISH Q UA R T E R LY R EVIEW , Vol. 108, No. 1 (Winter 2018) 85–86 People of the Epistle: Letters in Jewish Intellectual Life Part II Editor’s Introduction T HIS T WO- PAR T F O RUM was compiled and edited by our colleague Elliott Horowitz, z”l. The ﬁrst cluster of essays appeared in last summer’s issue of JQR (volume 107, number 3), where Elliott’s lengthy introduc- tion can be found (pp. 379–96). Though remaining in the penumbra of Germanophone Jewish culture, this second installment of essays extends the scope beyond the case studies of Gershom Scholem and his fraught epistolary networks to feature three essays exploring a range of encoun- ters between academics and the world around them. Letters once again surprise us by bringing to the forefront the human emotion and historical urgency that animate such tame pursuits as historical philology and lin- guistics. In Daniel Schwartz’s essay, Philipp Jaffe ´ , a brilliant medievalist whose isolation and scholarly obsession seem to have led him ﬁnally to take his own life in 1870, reveals himself to be a man connected to and deeply loved by a warm family. In the other
Jewish Quarterly Review – University of Pennsylvania Press
Published: Mar 3, 2018
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