Paul R. Mendes-Flohr

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Paul R. Mendes-Flohr in 2007

Paul R. Mendes-Flohr (born 17 April 1941) is a leading scholar of modern Jewish thought. As an intellectual historian, Mendes-Flohr specializes in 19th and 20th-century Jewish thinkers, including Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig, Gershom Scholem and Leo Strauss.

Mendes-Flohr holds a doctorate from Brandeis University, which was supervised by Alexander Altmann, Nahum Glatzer, and Ben Halpern. Mendes-Flohr teaches at the University of Chicago, where he is Dorothy Grant Maclear Professor of Modern Jewish History. He is Professor Emeritus of Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

He is co-author, with Jehuda Reinharz, of a book for modern Jewish history, The Jew in the Modern World: A Documentary History.[1]

Selected works[edit]

  • Identität. Die zwei Seelen der deutschen Juden
  • From mysticism to dialogue: Martin Buber's transformation of German social thought (1989)
  • Franz Rosenzweig and the Possibility of a Jewish Theology (forthcoming)
  • German Jews: a dual identity 1999
  • A land of two peoples: Martin Buber on Jews and Arabs Edited with commentary and a new preface by Paul R. Mendes-Flohr.
  • Contemporary Jewish religious thought: original essays on critical concepts, movements, and beliefs. Arthur A. Cohen and Paul Mendes-Flohr, editors.
  • Divided passions: Jewish intellectuals and the experience of modernity (1991)
  • Martin Buber: a contemporary perspective (2002)


  1. ^ Paul R, Mendes-Flohr; Jehuda, Reinharz, eds. (1995). The Jew in the Modern World: A Documentary History (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-507453-X. OCLC 30026590.