The Image of the Black in Jewish Culture

The Image of the Black in Jewish Culture The Jewish Quarterly Review, XCIII, Nos. 3-4 (January-April, 2003) 557-579 Review Essay THE IMAGE OF THE BLACK IN JEWISH CULTURE David M. Goldenberg Abraham Melamed. 77ie Image of the Black in Jewish Culture: A History of the Other. London and New York: Routledge Curzon, 2003. Pp. 295. A theory not uncommonly heard in and out of the academic world is that anti-Black racism originated with the ancient rabbis. The Talmud and Midrash, it is claimed, first expressed that sentiment which led eventually to the horrors of racism in western civilization. These claims are not of recent vintage. Seventy five years ago, Raoul Allier, Dean of the Faculté Libre de Théologie Protestante of Paris, urged Christian missionaries to protest what he saw as anti-Black talmudic passages, "born in the ghetto, of the feverish and sadistic imagination of some rabbis." ' In this country, the claim made its first appearance about forty years ago in academic circles and was quickly repeated in works of all sorts, in history, sociology, psychology, religious studies, and theology.2 A professor at the University of Pennsylvania not long ago summed up the view: In its "depth of anti-Blackness," rabbinic Judaism "suggests how repugnant blacks were http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Jewish Quarterly Review University of Pennsylvania Press

The Image of the Black in Jewish Culture

Jewish Quarterly Review, Volume 93 (3) – Jan 4, 2003

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The Jewish Quarterly Review, XCIII, Nos. 3-4 (January-April, 2003) 557-579 Review Essay THE IMAGE OF THE BLACK IN JEWISH CULTURE David M. Goldenberg Abraham Melamed. 77ie Image of the Black in Jewish Culture: A History of the Other. London and New York: Routledge Curzon, 2003. Pp. 295. A theory not uncommonly heard in and out of the academic world is that anti-Black racism originated with the ancient rabbis. The Talmud and Midrash, it is claimed, first expressed that sentiment which led eventually to the horrors of racism in western civilization. These claims are not of recent vintage. Seventy five years ago, Raoul Allier, Dean of the Faculté Libre de Théologie Protestante of Paris, urged Christian missionaries to protest what he saw as anti-Black talmudic passages, "born in the ghetto, of the feverish and sadistic imagination of some rabbis." ' In this country, the claim made its first appearance about forty years ago in academic circles and was quickly repeated in works of all sorts, in history, sociology, psychology, religious studies, and theology.2 A professor at the University of Pennsylvania not long ago summed up the view: In its "depth of anti-Blackness," rabbinic Judaism "suggests how repugnant blacks were

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