Becoming Orthodox: The Story of a Denominational Label

By Jeffrey C. Blutinger

Association for Jewish Studies (AJS), Spring 2008

The author traces uses of the term "orthodox" to describe Jews from the mid-eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth centuries. He contends that the term originally referred to opposition to Enlightenment ideas, and had no connotations regarding religious practice, in parallel with German uses of the term. By the 1840s, the author explains, the term had come to have connotations of religious practice and opposition to the religious reform movement.

Topic: History, Language, Culture, Orthodox Judaism

Name of Publication: AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies

Volume/Issue: Spring 2008

Page Number(s): 8-11

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Genre: Report

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Blutinger, Jeffrey C. Becoming Orthodox: The Story of a Denominational Label. AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies. Association for Jewish Studies (AJS). Spring 2008: 8-11. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=2661


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