Nordisk judaistik/Scandinavian Jewish Studies 2021-05-31T08:22:38+03:00 Ruth Illman Open Journal Systems <p><em>Nordisk judaistik/Scandinavian Jewish Studies</em> aims at promoting Jewish studies in Scandinavia by publishing scholarly articles, surveys and documents, by reviewing recent literature, and compiling bibliographies.</p> Letters to India 2021-04-17T20:17:05+03:00 Clive Tolley <p>I write as a non-Jew about the brief correspondence sent to my father, shortly after the Second World War, from a gifted, young Jewish violinist, and briefly outline the background story-arc of her family’s aliyah, from the Pale a couple of generations earlier to her settlement in the new state of Israel. Her story is not bound up with the Holocaust, nor (as far as we know) did she experience antisemitism: but this essay attempts to highlight the majesty and sparkle of a moment in the mundane life of a Jewish woman, and its brief impact on a gentile. The focus is on her musical remarks about some of the leading performers of the day. I also outline some of the ways I secured source materials for this primarily biographical sketch, but this article is presented more as a ‘memoire’ than an academic study. It is offered in honour and memory of a Jewish lady whom, alas, I was a little too late to meet myself, and to celebrate my father’s hundredth birthday in May 2021.</p> 2021-05-31T00:00:00+03:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Clive Tolley ”Den som pekar på andras brister visar därigenom sina egna” 2021-04-25T20:34:36+03:00 Pontus Rudberg <p>Slutreplik till Malin Thor Tureby om svensk-judisk historieforskning (se Vol. 31 nr 1 och 2).</p> 2021-05-31T00:00:00+03:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Pontus Rudberg Golgotha and the burial of Adam between Jewish and Christian tradition 2021-04-01T13:57:39+03:00 Jordan Ryan <p class="p1">The curious name of Golgotha, and its translations provided by the evangelists, became a focal point for interpretation, opening the door for new Christological concepts to become affixed to it. As these novel Christological interpretations accrued around Golgotha, they would eventually crystallise, and become a fixed part of the commemoration of Jesus in Palestine. Starting with Origen, third and fourth century Christian authors strongly associate the place of Jesus’s crucifixion with the burial place of Adam.</p> 2021-05-31T00:00:00+03:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Jordan Ryan Voices of fire 2021-04-07T06:18:14+03:00 Theresa Abell Haynes <p class="p1">Early followers of Jesus and later rabbinical Jews, two divergent branches of Judaism emerging respectively from the Second Temple and Post-Second Temple eras, both drew upon the cultural memory of Sinai to establish their identity. This article examines how the author of Acts used the Sinai imagery of theophanic fire in the Pentecost narrative of Acts 2 to reinforce a continu­ation of Judaism and offer an inclusive expansion of it to gentile believers. Then it looks at how later rabbinic sources used Sinai images of fire and multiple languages to reinforce the authority of the Torah and their exclusive identity within the Sinai relationship.</p> 2021-05-31T00:00:00+03:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Theresa Abell Haynes The socio-economic context of Capernaum’s limestone synagogue and Jewish–Christian relations in the late-ancient town 2021-05-05T12:37:11+03:00 Wally V. Cirafesi <p class="p1">In this article, I consider a set of contextual questions related to the social and economic influences on the construction and use of Capernaum’s great limestone synagogue, and ask what these influences might tell us about Jewish–Christian relations in this village during the fifth and sixth centuries CE. After a survey of current scholarship, I address issues of method and engage in the interpretation of the relevant primary sources, some of which have only very recently been discov­ered, while others have been overlooked in discussion of the question, or are deserving of reinterpret­ation. Building upon previous proposals, and in places revising them, I argue that we should see a dynamic interplay at work between local and non-local sources of funding for the synagogue and an intensely interactive and relational setting for the town’s Jews and Christians.</p> 2021-05-31T00:00:00+03:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Wally Cirafesi Noreg og dei polskjødiske flyktningane, 1968–1970 2021-04-01T15:02:53+03:00 Svein-Erik Larsen <p class="p1">In 1968, an antisemitic campaign, launched by the Polish government, caused around 13,000 Jews to leave Poland. About 2500 of these refugees came to Denmark, while only about 25 ended up in Norway. The migration to Norway could potentially have reached low hundreds, but as oral-history sources indicate, the Jewish congregation in Oslo turned down a government initiative in 1969. Based on written and oral sources, and secondary literature, I argue that there was an equally important factor differentiating the two countries. Comparing the Danish and Norwegian refugee reception policies, the article finds that Danish authorities and their NGO partners at decisive stages in the process were more proactive than their Norwegian counterparts in their efforts to persuade Polish Jews to come. The most critical point was in June 1969, when Denmark’s embassy in Warsaw started issuing Jews with automatic visas, while Norway retained its existing application process.</p> 2021-05-31T00:00:00+03:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Svein-Erik Larsen Tyska utflykter i skandinavisk judaistik 2021-04-15T11:57:36+03:00 Risto Nurmela <p>En recension av <em>Figurationen des J¨üdischen. Spurensuchen in der skandinavischen Literatur</em>, utg. Clemens Räthel och Stefanie von Schnurbein (Nordeuropa-Institut, 2020).</p> 2021-05-31T00:00:00+03:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Risto Nurmela Bunds historia framstår som både avslutad och högaktuell 2021-04-29T13:36:20+03:00 Martin Englund <p>En recension av Håkan Blomqvists bok <em>Socialism på jiddisch: judiska Arbeter Bund i Sverige</em> (Carlssons, 2020).</p> 2021-05-31T00:00:00+03:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Martin Englund Editorial 2021-05-18T15:06:01+03:00 Ruth Illman Svante Lundgren <p>Editorial for Vol. 32/1 of Nordisk judaistik / Scandinavian Jewish Studies.</p> 2021-05-31T00:00:00+03:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Ruth Illman, Svante Lundgren