Nordisk Judaistik/Scandinavian Jewish Studies https://journal.fi/nj <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> The Donner Institute en-US Nordisk Judaistik/Scandinavian Jewish Studies 0348-1646 <p>The license of the published metadata is Creative Commons CCO 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0)</p> Editorial https://journal.fi/nj/article/view/75463 <p>Editorial for&nbsp;issue 29(1) of Scandinavian Jewish Studies</p> Karin Zetterholm Ruth Illman ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2018-11-02 2018-11-02 29 2 1 2 10.30752/nj.75463 Just an ordinary Jew https://journal.fi/nj/article/view/73240 <p class="p1">The apostle Paul, author of many letters in the New Testament, is often considered to be the father of Christian antisemitism and a staunch opponent of keeping the Torah. This perspective has been shared both by Jews and Christians throughout the centuries, until the late twentieth century. For the last forty years or so, a new paradigm on Paul has taken shape, one where Jewish scholarship and research on ancient Judaism is making a significant difference. The picture of a Second Temple-period Pharisee is emerging, possibly with connections to early forms of Merkabah mysticism. There are no longer any reasons but ‘tradition’ that Paul should not be a part of Jewish studies, and this article gives some of the arguments for this timely re-appropriation of one of the best-known Jews in history.</p> Stefan Larsson ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2018-11-02 2018-11-02 29 2 3 16 10.30752/nj.73240 The Jewish Tradition – Does it Matter? https://journal.fi/nj/article/view/75677 <p>Introduction to the three conference presentations from the seminar at the University of Oslo in March, 2018.</p> Ruth Illman ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2018-11-02 2018-11-02 29 2 17 17 10.30752/nj.75677 Nordisk judaistik / Scandinavian Jewish Studies https://journal.fi/nj/article/view/70967 <p class="p1">This review article describes and analyses the development of the journal Nordisk judaistik&nbsp;/ Scandinavian Jewish Studies (NJ) since its founding in 1975. It discusses the editorial policies and practices&nbsp;of the journal as these have taken shape over the decades, focusing on the thematic and disciplinary&nbsp;points of emphasis that have been central to NJ. The article also discusses the challenges related to digitising&nbsp;the journal and rejuvenating it as an open-access peer-review journal, posing the question of how&nbsp;NJ can meet the requirements of transparency, critical analysis and technical excellence set by the current&nbsp;scholarly community and the international financing bodies within the field of Jewish studies.&nbsp;</p> Ruth Illman ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2018-11-02 2018-11-02 29 2 18 25 10.30752/nj.70967 Jewish theology and Jewish studies in Germany https://journal.fi/nj/article/view/70966 <p class="p1">This article presents some insights into the German developments of studying Judaism and&nbsp;the Jewish tradition and relates them to the ongoing development of the subject at universities in the&nbsp;Nordic countries in general and Norway in particular. It also aims to present some conclusions concerning&nbsp;why it might be interesting for Norwegian society to intensify the study of Judaism at its universities.</p> Walter Homolka ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2018-11-02 2018-11-02 29 2 26 35 10.30752/nj.70966 Jews and Judaism in Norway today https://journal.fi/nj/article/view/70297 <p class="p1">This address was given as part of a podium discussion on Judaism in Norway today held at&nbsp;the Jewish Museum in Oslo on 4 March 2018. Other participants in the panel were Rabbi Lynn Feinberg&nbsp;(Jewish Renewal movement), Rabbi Joav Melchior (Orthodox movement, current rabbi of Det Mosaiske&nbsp;Trossamfund in Oslo), Rabbi Shaul Wilhelm (Chabad shaliach in Oslo) and Professor Catherine Hezser&nbsp;(SOAS, London, and University of Oslo) as chair. The comments argue that Judaism in Norway is diverse&nbsp;and relatively unknown, with a majority of Jews in Norway probably being uncounted in current population&nbsp;estimates. As such there is no single experience of Norwegian Jewish identity.</p> Tyson Herberger ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2018-11-02 2018-11-02 29 2 36 42 10.30752/nj.70297 Two Jewish studies related postdoctoral projects in Scandinavia https://journal.fi/nj/article/view/75439 <p class="p1">Wally V. Cirafesi of University of Oslo and Katharina E. Keim of Lund University&nbsp;briefly present their postdoctoral projects within the area of Jewish Studies. Cirafesi has just completed&nbsp;his dissertation on the Gospel of John within its first-century Jewish environment, entitled ‘<span class="s1">John within&nbsp;</span>Judaism: Religion, Ethnicity, and the Shaping of Jesus-oriented Jewishness in the Fourth Gospel’, <span class="s2">and has&nbsp;</span>received a postdoctoral fellowship at the Norwegian School of Theology, Religion, and Society (Menighetsfakulteten).&nbsp;Keim completed her dissertation on a work of Jewish bible interpretation at the University&nbsp;of Manchester in 2014, published since as Pirqei deRabbi Eliezer: Structure, Coherence, Intertextuality&nbsp;(Brill, 2016). She has recently begun a postdoctoral fellowship in Jewish studies at Lund University. Both&nbsp;projects are interdisciplinary and concern interaction between Jews and Christians in Antiquity, and in&nbsp;Keim’s case also interaction with Islam.</p> Katharina E. Keim Wally V. Cirafesi ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2018-11-03 2018-11-03 29 2 43 45 10.30752/nj.75439 German Jews in Sweden https://journal.fi/nj/article/view/70331 <p>Review of<em> Deutschsprachige Jüdische Migration nach Schweden 1774 bis 1945, </em>edited by Olaf&nbsp;Glöckner and Helmut Müssener (2017).</p> Kristian Gerner ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2018-11-03 2018-11-03 29 2 46 54 10.30752/nj.70331 Local history of Jewish-Gentile relations https://journal.fi/nj/article/view/74139 <p>Review of&nbsp;Omer Bartov's<em>&nbsp;Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz </em>(2018).</p> Teuvo Laitila ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2018-11-03 2018-11-03 29 2 55 57 10.30752/nj.74139 Building Babylonian giur https://journal.fi/nj/article/view/70424 <p>Review of Moshe Lavee's <em>The Rabbinic Conversion of Judaism: The Unique Perspective of the Bavli on Conversion and the Construction of Jewish Identity</em>&nbsp;(2018)</p> Kira Zaitsev ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2018-11-03 2018-11-03 29 2 58 60 10.30752/nj.70424 En begavet solist er trådt af (Judith Winther 1933-2018) https://journal.fi/nj/article/view/74525 <p>Judith Winther (1933-2018) in memoriam</p> Mette Ydebo ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2018-11-03 2018-11-03 29 2 61 63 10.30752/nj.74525