Opperrabbijn Jozef Hirsch Dünner, zijn denkbeelden en werkwijze

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Opperrabbijn Jozef Hirsch Dünner, zijn denkbeelden en werkwijze

Type: Bachelor thesis
Title: Opperrabbijn Jozef Hirsch Dünner, zijn denkbeelden en werkwijze
Author: schouten, Jenneken
Issue Date: 2016-06
Keywords: Joodse studies, geschiedens, Joodse geschiedenis, geschiedenis van het Rabbinaat, geschiedenis van het Nederlandse Jodendom
Abstract: According to the Dutch historian Jaap Meijer Dutch Jewry had undergone a dramatic decline in numbers and faith already before the war started in 1940. This thesis aims to contradict this claims by analyzing the person of chief rabbi Joseph Hirsch Dünner (1833-1911), and the memory culture that was created after his death. Originally Polish, he came to the Netherlands as the principle of the Dutch Rabbinic seminary and in 1874 he became the chief rabbi of Amsterdam. His attitudes towards Judaism and Jewish studies hugely influenced the course of the seminary and indeed Dutch Jewry in general. In his opinion, Jewish tradition was to be studied in a modern academic, historical critical way, although he did not question the authority of the Jewish Bible and the rabbinic tradition. His teachings were of great influence especially for his students, and during his life an entire generation of ‘students of Dünner’ arose. After their graduation they were in higher functions in Dutch Jewry and in this way Dünners teachings and methods also spread through the country. Not everyone was in favour of Dünner: this thesis also describes several conflicts concerning Dünner. But no one could doubt his influence on Dutch Jewry.
Supervisor: Neudecker, Hannah
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Hebreeuwse en Joodse Studies (Bachelor)
Specialisation: Hebreeuwse en Joodse studies
ECTS Credits: 10
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/38289

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