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Christian Supremacy Christian Supremacy: Reckoning with the Roots of Antisemitism and Racism Magda Teter

A panoramic cultural and legal history that traces the roots of antisemitism and racism to early Christian theology

The Kings of Algiers The Kings of Algiers: How Two Jewish Families Shaped the Mediterranean World during the Napoleonic Wars and Beyond Julie Kalman

A richly detailed history of the Bacris and the Busnachs, two renowned Jewish families whose influence and reputation shook the capitals of Europe and America

Rain of Ash Rain of Ash: Roma, Jews, and the Holocaust Ari Joskowicz

A major new history of the genocide of Roma and Jews during World War II and their entangled quest for historical justice

The Closed Book The Closed Book: How the Rabbis Taught the Jews (Not) to Read the Bible Rebecca Scharbach Wollenberg

A groundbreaking reinterpretation of early Judaism, during the millennium before the study of the Bible took center stage

The Shamama Case The Shamama Case: Contesting Citizenship across the Modern Mediterranean Jessica M. Marglin

How a nineteenth-century lawsuit over the estate of a wealthy Tunisian Jew shines new light on the history of belonging

No Return No Return: Jews, Christian Usurers, and the Spread of Mass Expulsion in Medieval Europe Rowan Dorin

A groundbreaking new history of the shared legacy of expulsion among Jews and Christian moneylenders in late medieval Europe

A Jew in the Roman Bathhouse A Jew in the Roman Bathhouse: Cultural Interaction in the Ancient Mediterranean Yaron Z. Eliav

A provocative account of Jewish encounters with the public baths of ancient Rome

Old Truths and New Clichés Old Truths and New Clichés: Essays by Isaac Bashevis Singer Isaac Bashevis Singer

From the Nobel Prizewinning writer, a new collection of literary and personal essays

Reading Herzl in Beirut Reading Herzl in Beirut: The PLO Effort to Know the Enemy Jonathan Marc Gribetz

How the Palestine Liberation Organization Research Center informed the PLO’s relationship to Zionism and Israel

Write like a Man Write like a Man: Jewish Masculinity and the New York Intellectuals Ronnie Grinberg

How virility and Jewishness became hallmarks of postwar New York’s combative intellectual scene

Yearning to Breathe Free Yearning to Breathe Free: Jews in Gilded Age America. Essays by Twenty Contributing Scholars Edited by Adam D. Mendelsohn and Jonathan D. Sarna

New perspectives from leading scholars on a defining age in American Jewish history

How the West Became Antisemitic How the West Became Antisemitic: Jews and the Formation of Europe, 800–1500 Ivan G. Marcus

An examination of how the Jews—real and imagined—so challenged the Christian majority in medieval Europe that it became a society that was religiously and culturally antisemitic in new ways

Strangers Within Strangers Within: The Rise and Fall of the New Christian Trading Elite Francisco Bethencourt

A comprehensive study of the New Christian elite of Jewish origin—prominent traders, merchants, bankers and men of letters—between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries

Who Really Wrote the Bible Who Really Wrote the Bible: The Story of the Scribes William M. Schniedewind

A groundbreaking new account of the writing of the Hebrew Bible

Meir Kahane Meir Kahane: The Public Life and Political Thought of an American Jewish Radical Shaul Magid

The life and politics of an American Jewish activist who preached radical and violent means to Jewish survival

American Shtetl American Shtetl: The Making of Kiryas Joel, a Hasidic Village in Upstate New York Nomi M. Stolzenberg and David N. Myers

A compelling account of how a group of Hasidic Jews established its own local government on American soil

Professor of Apocalypse Professor of Apocalypse: The Many Lives of Jacob Taubes Jerry Z. Muller

The controversial Jewish thinker whose tortured path led him into the heart of twentieth-century intellectual life

The Only Woman in the Room The Only Woman in the Room: Golda Meir and Her Path to Power Pnina Lahav

A feminist biography of the only woman to become prime minister of Israel

The Israeli Economy The Israeli Economy: A Story of Success and Costs Joseph Zeira

An authoritative economic history of Israel from its founding to the present

Jews and Their Roman Rivals Jews and Their Roman Rivals: Pagan Rome's Challenge to Israel Katell Berthelot

How encounters with the Roman Empire compelled the Jews of antiquity to rethink their conceptions of Israel and the Torah

In Hitler's Munich In Hitler's Munich: Jews, the Revolution, and the Rise of Nazism Michael Brenner

From acclaimed historian Michael Brenner, a mesmerizing portrait of Munich in the early years of Hitler's quest for power

What Makes an Apple? What Makes an Apple?: Six Conversations about Writing, Love, Guilt, and Other Pleasures Amos Oz

Revelatory talks about art and life with internationally acclaimed Israeli novelist Amos Oz

Origins of the Just War Origins of the Just War: Military Ethics and Culture in the Ancient Near East Rory Cox

A groundbreaking history of the ethics of war in the ancient Near East

Jews and the Qur'an Jews and the Qur'an Meir M. Bar-Asher

A compelling book that casts the Qur’anic encounter with Jews in an entirely new light

Hannah Arendt and Isaiah Berlin Hannah Arendt and Isaiah Berlin: Freedom, Politics and Humanity Kei Hiruta

For the first time, the full story of the conflict between two of the twentieth century’s most important thinkers—and the lessons their disagreements continue to offer

Spinoza's Religion Spinoza's Religion: A New Reading of the Ethics Clare Carlisle

A bold reevaluation of Spinoza that reveals his powerful, inclusive vision of religion for the modern age

The Jewish World of Alexander Hamilton The Jewish World of Alexander Hamilton Andrew Porwancher

The untold story of the founding father’s likely Jewish birth and upbringing—and its revolutionary consequences for understanding him and the nation he fought to create

Resurrecting the Jew Resurrecting the Jew: Nationalism, Philosemitism, and Poland’s Jewish Revival Geneviève Zubrzycki

An in-depth look at why non-Jewish Poles are trying to bring Jewish culture back to life in Poland today

Time and Difference in Rabbinic Judaism Time and Difference in Rabbinic Judaism Sarit Kattan Gribetz

How the rabbis of late antiquity used time to define the boundaries of Jewish identity

The American Jewish Philanthropic Complex The American Jewish Philanthropic Complex: The History of a Multibillion-Dollar Institution Lila Corwin Berman

The first comprehensive history of American Jewish philanthropy and its influence on democracy and capitalism

American JewBu American JewBu: Jews, Buddhists, and Religious Change Emily Sigalow

A revealing look at the Jewish American encounter with Buddhism

Einstein in Bohemia Einstein in Bohemia Michael D. Gordin

A finely drawn portrait of Einstein's sixteen months in Prague

Teachers as State-Builders Teachers as State-Builders: Education and the Making of the Modern Middle East Hilary Falb Kalisman

The little-known history of public school teachers across the Arab world—and how they wielded an unlikely influence over the modern Middle East

Catholic Spectacle and Rome's Jews Catholic Spectacle and Rome's Jews: Early Modern Conversion and Resistance Emily Michelson

A new investigation that shows how conversionary preaching to Jews was essential to the early modern Catholic Church and the Roman religious landscape

The Joshua Generation The Joshua Generation: Israeli Occupation and the Bible Rachel Havrelock

How a controversial biblical tale of conquest and genocide became a founding story of modern Israel

Hidden Heretics Hidden Heretics: Jewish Doubt in the Digital Age Ayala Fader

A revealing look at Jewish men and women who secretly explore the outside world, in person and online, while remaining in their ultra-Orthodox religious communities

Think Least of Death Think Least of Death: Spinoza on How to Live and How to Die Stefen Nadler

From Pulitzer Prize-finalist Steven Nadler, an engaging guide to what Spinoza can teach us about life’s big questions

Jewish Emancipation Jewish Emancipation: A History across Five Centuries David Sorkin

The first comprehensive history of how Jews became citizens in the modern world

Masada Masada: From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth Jodi Magness

The dramatic story of the last stand of a group of Jewish rebels who held out against the Roman Empire, as revealed by the archaeology of its famous site

The Promise and Peril of Credit The Promise and Peril of Credit: What a Forgotten Legend about Jews and Finance Tells Us about the Making of European Commercial Society Francesca Trivellato

How an antisemitic legend gave voice to widespread fears surrounding the expansion of private credit in Western capitalism

The New American Judaism The New American Judaism: How Jews Practice Their Religion Today Jack Wertheimer

A leading expert provides an engaging firsthand portrait of American Judaism today