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Rabbah”; “Genesis 22 in the exegesis of Isaac Abravanel”; “Gene­
sis 4, 17 in Jewish exegesis up to Isaac Abravanel”; “Genesis 32,4
in Jewish exegesis up to Rashi”; and “The term
in rabbinic
literature and the concept of idolatry.” Presently, dissertations in
progress include: Jewish-Gentile relations as reflected in the
Responsa literature of 16th century Eastern Europe; a history of
the Jewish community of T rier between the 16th and 19th centu­
ries; a history of the Jewish villages around Nordlingen between
the 16th and 19th centuries; and a study of the social history of
the Jews of the Lower Rhine region in the 19th century.
The future of Judaic studies in the Federal Republic will be
largely determined by the activities of the College for Jewish
Studies in Heidelberg because of its size and financial base. Non-
Jewish students will remain an important part of the student
body, since there are relatively few potential Jewish students.
There are 28,000 Jews in Germany today, according to official
Jewish sources. Thus, its function will inevitably be similar to the
institutes of Judaic studies despite its confessional, or group-
affiliated, status. In the future, the College should be able to offer
a richer and more diversified curriculum than any university
institute hence attracting more students. This will affect the Mar­
tin Buber Institute as well as the other programs and they may
have to limit their library acquisitions and their research interests
in the future. Thus, there will be a dominant center for Jewish
studies at Heidelberg and a small number of university institutes
with comparatively restricted functions and limited research
agendas elsewhere. The first two decades of Judaic studies at
Cologne have proved to be a successful experiment. It appears,
however, that the center of gravity is about to shift to Heidelberg,
to “Jewish Studies” — not necessarily to the disadvantage of
“Judaic studies,” if only the politicians realize the different and
complementary functions of both types of disciplines.