Fania Oz-Salzberger: Textline, Not Bloodline How did the Jews Remain Jews?

Fania Oz-Salzberger


Why are words so important to so many Jews? Historian Fania Oz-Salzberger discusses Jews and Words, which she wrote together with her father, the celebrated Israeli novelist Amos Oz. They roam the gamut of Jewish history to explain the integral relationship of Jews and words.

Their book traces a rich heritage of the spoken and written word from the Bible to today. Through a blend of storytelling, scholarship, conversation and argument it explores a “textline” that forms a link from Abraham to every subsequent Jewish generation. It extends a hand to the reader, any reader, to join the conversation.

“Thrilling and entertaining, Jews and Words challenges clichés and stereotypes at every page. Its tone is half serious and half humorous, mixing a mastery of its subject with an informal touch. It promises to be very controversial and widely read.” – Mario Vargas Llosa

“Jews and Words is a conversation between two people who love each other, informed by a wonderful sense of humor and a passionate yet measured analysis of language, people, and literature.” – Yehuda Bauer

Fania Oz-Salzberger

Fania Oz-Salzberger is an Israeli historian and writer, Professor of History at the University of Haifa, School of Law and Centre for German and European Studies Her books include Translating the EnlightenmentIsraelis in Berlinand, with her father Amos Oz, Jews and Words. She has written extensively on the history of ideas, the Enlightenment, Israeli-European relations, and Jewish origins of modern political thought.

Miri Rubin

Miri Rubin is an historian of the religious cultures of Europe with special interest in social relations, and attitudes to Jews.