In the 1860’s, biblical criticism became the subject of a very public and voluble controversy among Anglicans in Victorian England. Jews were well aware of the controversy and even spoke out. The question this lecture will explore is how Jews reacted when one of their own went down the same critical path.
Dr. Edward Breuer is a native of Montreal and taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Loyola University before moving to Israel with his family in 2001. Dr. Breuer currently teaches in the Department of Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research and publications have centered upon the Jewish Enlightenment and the writings of Moses Mendelssohn, and is currently working on Jews and their various responses to biblical criticism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.