King’s College London – FD Maurice Lectures 2017

‘Missionaries, Converts and Maskilim: An Entangled History of Christians, Jews, and Those In Between in 19th-Century Europe

David B. Ruderman (Joseph Meyerhoff Professor of Modern Jewish History, University of Pennsylvania)


Tuesday 28 February, ‘The Many Faces of Alexander McCaul, the Missionary to the Jews’

18.00 Lecture, 19.30 Reception

Old Committee Room (King’s Building, First Floor, Strand Campus)


Wednesday 1 March, ‘The Intellectual and Spiritual Journey of Stanislaus Hoga: From Judaism to Evangelical Christianity to Hebrew Christianity ‘

18.00 Lecture

Old Committee Room (King’s Building, First Floor, Strand Campus)


Thursday 2 March, ‘The Jewish Response to McCaul: Isaac Baer Levinsohn and His Defense of the Rabbis’

18.00 Lecture

K2.31 Nash Lecture Theatre (King’s Building, First Floor, Strand Campus)

Alexander McCaul (1799–1863), for many years Professor of Hebrew at King’s College London, was one of the most prominent figures in ‘The London Society for Promoting Christianity amongst Jews’. In 1837, he published a formidable attack against the Talmud entitled The Old Paths. Having spent ten years as a missionary in Warsaw, McCaul knew Jewish texts and Jewish life intimately. He succeeded in converting several fascinating figures, especially Stanislaus Hoga, a Polish Jew, who would eventually forge a new understanding of Christianity based on a fusion with Judaism. The most significant Jewish response to The Old Paths was by the ‘father of the Eastern European Haskalah’, Isaac Baer Levinsohn, an outspoken critic of the rabbis and Talmudic law, who now set out to defend them, and in doing so, offered invaluable reflections on the meanings of newly constructed modern Jewish identity.

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