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Who is Alexander Altmann?
Alexander Altmann was an Orthodox Jewish scholar and rabbi born in Kassa, Austria-Hungary, today Košice, Slovakia. He emigrated to England in 1938 and later settled in the United States, working productively for a decade and a half as a professor within the Philosophy Department at Brandeis University. He is best known for his studies of the thought of Moses Mendelssohn, and was indeed the leading Mendelssohn scholar since the time of Mendelssohn himself. He also made important contributions to the study of Jewish mysticism, and for a large part of his career he was the only scholar in the United States working on this subject in a purely academic setting. Among the many Brandeis students whose work he supervised in this area were Elliot Wolfson, Arthur Green, Heidi Ravven, Lawrence Fine, and Daniel Matt.
- born on (109 years ago) in Austria-Hungary
- nationality: United States of America
- education: Humboldt University of Berlin
- died on (28 years ago)
- written works: "Moses Mendelssohn", "Essays in Jewish intellectual history", "Jewish Medieval and Rennaissance Studies", "Die trostvolle Aufklärung", "Panim shel Yahadut", "Biblical and other studies", "The meaning of Jewish existence", "Von der mittelalterlichen zur modernen Aufklärung", "Die grundlagen der wertethik", "Studies in religious philosophy and mysticism", "Biblical motifs", "Leo Baeck and the Jewish mystical tradition", "Jewish studies"
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by Edward Craig
Alexander Altmann (1978) has observed that, because Islamic and Jewish philosophers believed that every natural event, including scientific and philosophical cognition, results from a cosmic system of emanations tracing ultimately to God, ...
Encyclopedia of Judaism (2005)
by Sara E. Karesh, Mitchell M. Hurvitz
Further reading: Alexander Altmann, Moses Mendelssohn: A Biographical Study ( London and Portland, Oreg.: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 1998); Moses Mendelssohn, Jerusalem (Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England, ...
An Authoritative and Popular Presentation of Jews and Judaism Since the Earliest Times by Isaac Landman
Alexander Altmann (b. 1906), formerly rabbi of the Berlin Jewish Community (1931-38). The ecclesiastical supervision of the community was in the hands of a Beth Din, whose permanent officials, ...
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