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Jewish literature
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1. Definition and development

In its broadest sense, in the context of world literature,  Jewish literature denotes all works written by Jews and authors of Jewish background [9]; there have been repeated attempts, however, to limit and define Jewish literature on the basis of language, genres, themes, and authors, for polemic, apologetic, and academic purposes. Until the second half of the 18th century, Jewish litera…

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Riemer, Nathanael, “Jewish literature”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 20 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_021708>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124



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