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MILLER / FROM JEWISH FESTSCHRIFT
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tion. Simply stated, Judaica or Jewish studies is not seen as an end
but as the means to an end. Or another type of example:
Outremer
(Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi, 1982) is the title of the Festschrift in honor of
Yehoshua Prawer; its sub-title, “Studies in the History of the Cru­
sading Kingdom of Jerusalem” explicates its contents4. Jerusa­
lem is certainly central in Jewish history, life and thought, but
how central is the Crusader presence? Is this to be considered a
Jewish Festschrift or a Festschrift in Jewish Studies? Yet another
example is Volume 13 of
Eretz-Israel
,5
which is a memorial volume
to Moshe Stekelis, the noted archaeologist whose speciality was
the history and archaeology of pre-historic Israel. Does the field
of Jewish studies extend to the geology and topography of the
Promised Land before the arrival of Abraham?
Lest the reader think this is a problem restricted to Israel let us
turn our attention to several examples of Festschriften produced
outside Israel.
Political Symbolism in Modem Europe
is the title of
the Festschrift in honor of George L. Mosse, a distinguished
scholar in the field of European history and political thought, as
well as aJew who has sought neither to bury his Jewishness nor to
trade on it6. Or
On the Track of Tyranny,
the Festschrift presented
by the Wiener Library in London to Leopold G. Montefiore,
which deals with the Nazis7. Such Festschriften were produced
for individuals who happened to beJews and the volumes contain
material of interest to Jewish scholarship. But can they be
included in the general sphere of Jewish studies? Conversely, a
Festschrift issued in 1984 to honor the twenty-fifth anniversary
of California State University at Fullerton by its Department of
Religious Studies contains a number of significant articles of
interest toJudaic scholarship, but it is neither a Jewish Festschrift
nor one in Jewish studies. Then there is the problem of the
ancient Near East in general. What is one to do with
Essays in
Ancient Near Eastern Studies in the Memory ofJacob Joel Finkelstein,
which is tangentially of interest to Judaic studies, is in memory of
a Jewish scholar, but in which Jews and Judaism do not figure at
all8?
4 Jerusalem: Yad Ben-Zvi, 1982.
5 Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society, 1977.
6 New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Books, 1982.
7 London: Vallentine, Mitchell, 1960.
8 Hampden, CT: Published for the Connecticut Academy o f Arts and Sciences
by Archon Books, 1976.