Revenge served cold: Was Scott of the Antarctic sabotaged by his angry deputy?

On February 11, 1913, the world woke to the headline “Death of Captain Scott. Lost with four comrades. The Pole reached.…


Holocaust Scholarship and Politics in the Public Sphere: Reexamining the Causes, Consequences, and Controversy of the Historikerstreit and the Goldhagen Debate

Last year marked the anniversary of two of the most important scholarly debates about modern German history and the Holocaust: the so-called Historikerstreit (“historians’ quarrel”) that erupted thirty years ago in West Germany, as well as the lively debate sparked exactly a decade later by the publication in 1996 of Daniel J.…


How to be successful on the academic job market

Now that the new academic year has arrived, many Ph.D. students will be going on the job market for the first time.…


Emerging Principles of a Theology of Shalom

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council declaration, Nostra Aetate, Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia commissioned sculptor Joshua Koffman to create an original artwork called “Synagoga and Ecclesia in Our Time” for the plaza outside the campus chapel.…


The ancient history and heritage of the Mosul region: an A–Z, Part II

July 2017 marked the official liberation of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, after more than three years of horrifying occupation by ISIS/Da’esh.…


Pox populi: Study calculates 18th century syphilis rates for first time

The unlikely coincidence of a local hospital record and a census led by a pioneering physician has enabled the first study charting rates of venereal disease in 18th century England, revealing high infection levels in the city of Chester at this time.


Maimonides on Perfecting Perfection

What does one do after one has reached apprehension of God? According to Maimonides in his Guide of the Perplexed, there is indeed more to be done.…


Wissen und Lomdus: Idealism, Modernity, and History in some Nineteenth-Century Rabbinic and Philosophical responses to the Wissenschaft des Judentums

This article examines the parallel strategies taken by Hermann Cohen (1842–1918) and contemporaries in the Eastern European Lithuanian Talmudic academies to develop modernizing interpretations of Jewish text, tradition, and law.…