Encyclopedia of Scepticism and Jewish Tradition
Research conducted under the MCAS umbrella during the Centre’s first phase accumulated a broad body of scholarship that reveals a deep connection between Judaism and scepticism. This connection is expressed in various ways and in various contexts and spreads from biblical texts to contemporary debates both within Judaism and in dialogue with other traditions. As scholarship about Judaism and scepticism continues to grow, so too does a need for a comprehensive treatment of the subject that will serve as a point of reference for scholars engaging in research within the field. Recent years have seen an abundance of reference works, histories, introductions, and scholarly journals dedicated to scepticism, showing that works of this sort are in high demand. However, no available publication of this kind addresses the Jewish tradition, except incidentally. A comprehensive treatment of scepticism and Judaism, then, would serve an additional purpose; namely, situating it within the broader context of scepticism as a universal phenomenon. Since the presence of scepticism in the Jewish tradition is multifold and does not accommodate a historical thread or a rigorous systematisation, its best and most comprehensive treatment is in the form of an encyclopaedia. This format is broad enough to encompass a large amount of information from different areas, but does not impose any structure, hierarchy, or narrative upon the topics it treats. As a hub for the study of Jewish scepticism, MCAS is equipped with the necessary research tools, scholarly network, and organisational infrastructure to successfully carry out an undertaking of this scope.
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