Congratulations to Maristella Botticini & Zvi Eckstein, authors of The Chosen Few: How Education Shaped Jewish History, 70-1492, for winning the 2012 National Jewish Book Award in the category of Scholarship! As the longest-running North American awards program in the field of Jewish literature, the National Jewish Book Awards recognizes outstanding books of Jewish interest.
According to the Jewish Book Council, “The Chosen Few offers a powerful new explanation of one of the most significant transformations in Jewish history while also providing fresh insights to the growing debate about the social and economic impact of religion.” Check out the Introduction.
Also, a warm congratulations to Daniel B. Schwartz’s The First Modern Jew: Spinoza and the History of an Image, which was a finalist in 2012 National Jewish Book Award in the category of History. The jury’s statement notes, “Professor Schwartz develops his history over the centuries by highlighting key philosophers who became more supportive of Spinoza in each successive generation until we now come to think of Baruch Spinoza as one of the great modern philosophers.”
Read the official press announcement of all winners and finalists, here. And again, many congratulations to Maristella Botticini & Zvi Eckstein, and Daniel B. Schwartz!