God's Sacred Tongue: Hebrew & the American Imagination

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UNC Press Books, 2004 - 349 pages
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In a comprehensive examination of how Christian scholars in the United States received, interpreted, and understood Hebrew texts and the Jewish experience, Shalom Goldman explores Hebraism's relationship to American society. By linking history, theology,
 

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Contents

Prologue
1
Zion on American Shores Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
7
Lost Tribes and Found Peoples
15
A Tale of Two Teachers Hebrew at Harvard
31
Ambivalence and Erudition in New Haven Ezra Stiles Yale College and the Jewish Tradition
52
All knowledge Is from the Hebrew Jonathan Edwards as Biblical Exegete and Christian Hebraist
74
Evangelizing the Jews Christian Missions and Jewish Responses
89
The American Jewish Community and Its Encounter with Christian Hebraism
112
American Hebraist and ProtoZionist Professor George Bush
199
The Careers of Selah Merrill NineteenthCentury Christian Hebraist Palestine Explorer and US Consul in Jerusalem
208
Christian Zionism the Jewish State and Americas Biblical Background Twentieth Century
229
The University as Messiah William Raincy Harper as Hebraist Educational Reformer and Visionary
235
Reinhold Niebuhr the Jewish Tradition and Political Zionism
253
A Long Affair Edmund Wilson on Judaism the Hebrew Language and the American Jewish Community
275
American Biblicism and Modern Politics
291
Notes
307

Scholars Prophets Mystics Nineteenth Century
129
Christian Hebraism and Palestine Exploration Moses Stuart Edward Robinson and Their Jewish Informants
137
An Israelite Truly in Whom There Was No Guile Isaac Nordheimer
163
Jews Mormons and Christian Hebraism in EarlyNineteenthCentury America JoshuaJames Seixas
176

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Shalom Goldman is associate professor of Hebrew and Middle Eastern studies at Emory University. He is editor of Hebrew and the Bible in America: The First Two Centuries and author of The Wiles of Women/The Wiles of Men: Joseph and Potiphar's Wife. He also coauthored the libretto of the Philip Glass opera Akhnaten.

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