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Neta Stahl
Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD 21218-2625)
Conceptions of the Divine in 20th-Century Hebrew Literature

A book-length study of religious elements in modern Hebrew literature.

Modern Hebrew literature emerged during the nineteenth century as part of the Haskalah (Jewish Enlightenment) movement, which attempted to break from the traditional modes of Jewish intellectual and social life while also offering a new understanding of Judaism.  The new Hebrew literature that emerged as a result embraced the rebellious nature of Haskalah and is therefore commonly characterized as being secular, defying Orthodoxy and rejecting the old Hebrew God. Against this clear-cut distinction between religious and secular literature, I argue that modern Hebrew literature has maintained a vital dialogue with the divine. My main goal in this book is to demonstrate the pervasive presence of God in this literature, to explore the qualities that it attributes to the divine, and to examine their functions.

Project fields:
Jewish Studies; Literature, General; Near and Middle Eastern Literature

Fellowships for University Teachers

Research Programs

$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2016 – 6/30/2017