T H E J E W I S H Q U A R T E R LY R E V I E W , Vol. 106, No. 4 (Fall 2016) 459464 D AV I D B . R U D E R M A N University of Pennsylvania "T HE B l E SS I N G O F A S SI M IL AT IO N in Jewish History" was surely not Gerson Cohen's most important piece of scholarly writing. Unlike many of his classic academic essays which are still assigned in university courses in medieval Jewish history--his insightful overview of the gaonic age; his creative reconstruction of the story of the four captives; or his typological study of the varieties of Jewish messianism, to name only a few--it was meant to be no more than a public address, in this case offered to the graduating class of the Hebrew Teachers College in Brookline, Massachusetts in June 1966.1 Yet the essay left an enormous impression on me when it appeared as a pamphlet soon after its oral delivery and was made known to the small circle of Cohen's students and admirers. I was about to become one
Jewish Quarterly Review – University of Pennsylvania Press
Published: Nov 29, 2016
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