In the three years after the banquet, a series of debates between radical Rabbi Kaufmann Kohler and traditionalist Alexander Kohut
crystallized the positions of each side.
And they told the story of Jewish literature in America as well--narrated in studies such as George Alexander Kohut's long essay, "Early Jewish Literature in America" (which appeared in the Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society), or in Mendel Silbers America in Hebrew Literature (which appeared first in essay form in 1914), or woven into the larger histories of Markens, Kohler, Morais, and Wolf (mostly as biographical sketches of the writers), or folded into the Jewish Encyclopedia.
(14.) See George Alexander Kohut, "Early Jewish Literature in America," Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society 3 (1895): 103-47; and Mendel Silber, "America in Hebrew Literature," Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society 22 (1914): 101-37.
PoHand and Soyer adeptly handle the issue of religious diversity in this period, with sufficient, but not excessive, attention given to Classical Reform, the establishment of the Ethical Culture Society, Alexander Kohut
's anticipations of Conservative Judaism (solidly established during the tenure of Solomon Schechter and his disciples), and the accommo-dationist style of Orthodoxy associated with Henry Pereira Mendes and Bernard Drachman.
Cohen rejects earlier foci on either the European ideological origins of Breslau's Judisches Theologisches Seminar or the earlier American version of JTS founded in the 1880s by Sabato Morais, Alexander Kohut
Kohler, George Alexander Kohut
, Isaac Markens, Oscar Straus, and Simon Wolf) is offered as an introduction to "Before the Flood," a special issue of SAJL that presents recent, innovative scholarship on early Jewish American literature.
Moreover, in his commentary on the Mishnah, in the introduction to Pereq Heleq, Maimonides proposes an Aramaic etymology for the term "Epicurus," and accordingly Alexander Kohut
, in his addenda to Aruch ha-Shalem (p.