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Lily Montagu’s Shekhinah outlines Lily Montagu’s theological writing, particularly her appropriation of the feminine aspect of the divine presence, Shekhinah, and provides a much needed corrective to the androcentric Anglo-Jewish historiography that has ignored, marginalized, and completely erased the founder of the Liberal Jewish movement in England. Luke Devine’s book is vital reading for students of Anglo-Jewry, First-Wave feminism, Jewish feminism, Liberal Judaism, and Jewish mysticism.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-61143-684-6
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Publication Status: In Print

Series: Judaism in Context 11
Publication Date: Apr 6,2011
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 200
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-61143-684-6
$169.00

Lily Montagu’s Shekhinah provides a much-needed corrective to the extant historiography that has served to marginalize, neglect, and even erase Lily Montagu’s role as the founder of Liberal Judaism in England. Luke Devine’s innovative re-reading of her oft-ignored novel, Naomi’s Exodus, along with the introduction of little-known archival material, generates a more accurate picture of Montagu, her biography, her activism, and most importantly, her theological discourse. Indeed, Devine’s account reveals a Lily Montagu that will be unfamiliar to students and scholars alike: a Lily Montagu that is not a disciple of Claude Montefiore, but, rather, a woman with latent fiery temperament, deeply held spiritual convictions, and the intellectual prowess to develop and articulate these theological reflections. Lily Montagu’s Shekhinah maps the history of Liberal Judaism at the fin-de-siècle and the development of Montagu’s proto-feminist aspirations, culminating in her theological discourse of “gender completion,” and elaboration on the feminine aspect of the divine presence, known to Jewish feminists as the Shekhinah.

Lily Montagu’s Shekhinah provides a much-needed corrective to the extant historiography that has served to marginalize, neglect, and even erase Lily Montagu’s role as the founder of Liberal Judaism in England. Luke Devine’s innovative re-reading of her oft-ignored novel, Naomi’s Exodus, along with the introduction of little-known archival material, generates a more accurate picture of Montagu, her biography, her activism, and most importantly, her theological discourse. Indeed, Devine’s account reveals a Lily Montagu that will be unfamiliar to students and scholars alike: a Lily Montagu that is not a disciple of Claude Montefiore, but, rather, a woman with latent fiery temperament, deeply held spiritual convictions, and the intellectual prowess to develop and articulate these theological reflections. Lily Montagu’s Shekhinah maps the history of Liberal Judaism at the fin-de-siècle and the development of Montagu’s proto-feminist aspirations, culminating in her theological discourse of “gender completion,” and elaboration on the feminine aspect of the divine presence, known to Jewish feminists as the Shekhinah.

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Contributor Biography

Luke Devine

Luke Devine holds a Ph.D. in Jewish Feminist Theology from the University of Gloucestershire in England. He also possesses an MRes degree in Jewish History and Culture from the University of Southampton, alongside a First-Class BA Honours History degree. He has written extensively on Jewish feminist theology.

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