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This is obvious in the case of Europeans forced by Nazism to leave their homelands, but even for the American-born we can safely say that, until the 1960s, Jews and Christians generally lived in different though strongly overlapping worlds. Well-known prejudices against Jews in academia and especially in the Humanities, which were considered the scholarly territory of old-stock Americans, gave Jewish scholars plenty of reasons not to highlight their origins, not to display those “typical” Jewish “traits” described in professorial correspondence about hiring, and to prove their credibility as competent, and not identifiably Jewish, interpreters of the Western tradition.
Little by little, however, institutional resistance to the implications of midrash has worn away. For some time now, it has been understood that many profoundly ingrained habits of western reading . . are historical derivatives of midrash—sometimes by way of 40 Andrew R. 9 (Hartman and Budick x) It is within this context—the rejuvenation of Jewish approaches to key texts of the Western tradition—that I want to examine three influential scholars: Erich Auerbach, Harold Bloom, and Leo Strauss.