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Asher D. Biemann


  • PhD, Karl-Franzens University of Graz
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Research Interests

Asher Biemann’s research focuses on modern Jewish thought and intellectual and cultural history. Rooted in Jewish and Continental philosophical traditions, his work frequently engages religious and aesthetic questions. Historically, his research concentrates on Jewish life in Central Europe, Italy, the Yishuv and modern Israel. In addition to the Martin Buber Werkausgabe, he is also involved in the edition of the works of Isaac Breuer and in collaborative projects on modern Jewish Orthodoxy and culture.


  • Introduction to Modern Jewish Thought
  • Idolatry
  • The History of Jewish History
  • Reason and Love in Religious Thought
  • History and Ideas of Zionism
  • Jewish Vienna and Europe—Past and Present

Selected Publications

  • Michelangelo und die jüdische Moderne. Vienna University Press, 2016.
  • Dreaming of Michelangelo: Jewish Variations on a Modern Theme. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2012.
  • Inventing New Beginnings: On the Idea of Renaissance in Modern Judaism. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009.
  • Martin Buber: Sprachphilosophische Schriften. Werkausgabe 6. Munich: Gütersloher Verlagshaus, 2003.
  • The Martin Buber Reader: Essential Writings. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2002.