Still being published. "Covers the Jewish contribution to German-speaking cultural history in some 1,300 biographical-bibliographic articles. Besides authors of literature in the broadest sense, representatives of the humanities can be found and other individuals from public life who, through their work, were influential beyond their specialist field" (publisher's description). See also the Archives de sciences sociales des religions review by Bensimon Doris.
"In 280 Porträts stellt das Lexikon jüdische Autorinnen und Autoren deutscher Sprache von der Aufklärung bis in die jüngste Gegenwart vor. Das interkulturelle Feld zwischen der deutschen Literatur und der jüdischen Kultur der Moderne stellt sich auf neue Weise dar und wurde in dieser Ausführlichkeit noch nie beschrieben" (publisher's description).
"A major reference work of international scope and outstanding scholarship, it has no rival. Many writers included here have never been profiled in a major reference source. Entries for each writer include a critical assessment, concentrating on the Jewish themes or defining characteristics of an author's writing and his or her importance to national or world literature; a biographical overview; a list of selected writings; and extensive suggestions for further reading" (from the Choice review by L. E. Jorbin).
"The book can be recommended to first-year students and ancient historians as a first step towards learning Hebrew, studying the texts themselves, and engaging in a more serious study of ancient Jewish history and literature." (From the Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London review by Catherine Hezser)
"A classified bibliographic resource for tracing the history of Jewish translation activity from the Middle Ages to the present day, providing the researcher with over a thousand entries devoted to the Jewish role in the east-to-west tansmission of Greek and Arab learning and science into Latin or Hebrew. Other major sections extend the coverage to modern times" (from the Shofar review).
"Rather than providing a facile answer to the question "What is Jewish literature?," the book aims to exhibit the full range of opinions, from those that enthusiastically accept the internal coherence of the Jewish literary tradition to those that deny its very existence. This pluralism determines the internal structure of the collection, which is not arranged chronologically but rather moves from general theoretical statements to examples of practical criticism, all united by the overarching concern with the nature of Jewish literary experience" (from the Poetics Today review Elana Gomel). See also the Modern Language Review review by Edward A. Abramson.
5 vols. "Written in clear non-technical style, the volumes embody a vast amount of research and will remain, for the English speaking public, the standard work on the subject for a number of years" (from the Journal of Bible and Religion review of vol. 3 by Robert H. Pfeiffer). See also the Journal of Bible and Religion review of vol. 1, the Journal of Religion review of vol. 1., the Journal of Religion review of vol. 2, and the Journal of Religion review of vol. 3.
“While mapping significant differences in contemporary Jewish national writing as it emerges out of divergent cultural, historical, social, and literary traditions, Liska and Nolden nonetheless observe striking affinities related to the diasporic experience.” (From the Journal of Austrian Studies article "The Poetics of Ritual in Diaspora" by Christina Guenther).