by Prof. Martin Goodman
One of the illustrated Victorian editions of Whiston’s translation of Josephus, printed in London in 1848, contains ‘a Sequel to the History of the Jews; continued to the present time’. The title page gives no indication of the origins of this Sequel, which comprises a substantial history of the Jews from the first century CE to the nineteenth century. The lecture will discuss the reasons to suppose that the Sequel was composed by the literary historian Isaac D’Israeli and completed after his death by his children, Benjamin Disraeli and his sister Sarah. The composition and publication history of the Sequel shed light both on the Jewish identity of Isaac and on the complex attitude of Benjamin to the public debates on Jewish emancipation, in which he intervened dramatically for the first time in December 1847.
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Martin Goodman is Professor of Jewish Studies in the University of Oxford, Fellow of Wolfson College and a former President of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. He has written many books on Jewish and Roman history, including Rome and Jerusalem (2007) and A History of Judaism (2017).
Lecture Theatre G22, Pearson Building, UCL, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT
preceded by drinks reception at 6.30pm in the Wilkins Garden Room
The 2019 JHSE Annual General Meeting will take place before the reception. Members will be sent an invitation and agenda.