Nahum Norbert Glatzer

Nahum Norbert Glatzer
Born (1903-03-25)March 25, 1903
Died February 27, 1990(1990-02-27) (aged 86)
Academic background
Influences Franz Rosenzweig, Martin Buber
Academic work
School or tradition Jewish theology and philosophy

Nahum Norbert Glatzer (March 25, 1903 – February 27, 1990) was a Jewish literary scholar, theologian, and editor.[1]


Glatzer was born in Lemberg, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Lviv in the western Ukraine).[2] At age 17, his father sent him to study with Solomon Breuer in Frankfurt, Germany with the intention that he would become a Rabbi.[3] However, he decided against the rabbinate after encountering the circle of Jewish intellectuals, including Franz Rosenzweig, around Rabbi Nehemiah Anton Nobel.[4] In July 1920, Rosenzweig invited Glatzer to join the newly-established Freies Jüdisches Lehrhaus,[5] where he taught biblical exegesis, Hebrew, and the Midrash.[3] He also prepared an index of the Jewish sources for the second edition of Rosenzweig's The Star of Redemption.[6] Glatzer completed a doctoral dissertation at the Goethe University Frankfurt in December 1931 under the supervision of Martin Buber and, in 1932, became Lecturer in Jewish Religious Philosophy and Ethics at the university, succeeding Buber.[3] After the National Socialists came to power in 1933, Glatzer and his wife departed for a planned visit to his in-laws in London. From London, he wrote to Martin Buber on April 27, 1933 that his faculty position had been suspended as a consequence of the passage of the Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service on April 7, 1933.[7]


Eugene R. Sheppard contends that Glatzer's three scholarly genres were "biography, textual interpretation and above all anthology."[2] Glatzer introduced Franz Rosenzweig to English-speaking audiences in Rosenzweig: His Life and Thought (1959).[8]


  1. ^ "Nahum Norbert Glatzer Papers". Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections Department, Brandeis University Libraries. 2005. Retrieved 16 Jun 2016.
  2. ^ a b Sheppard, Eugene R. (2004). ""I am a Memory Come Alive": Nahum Glatzer and the Legacy of German Jewish Thought in America". The Jewish Quarterly Review. 94 (1): 123–148. JSTOR 1455520.
  3. ^ a b c Mendes-Flohr, Paul (1991). ""Knowledge as Service: An Appreciation of Nahum N. Glatzer". Jewish Studies. 31 (1): 25–46. JSTOR 23382059.
  4. ^ Klingenstein, Susanne (October 25, 2010). "Of Greeks and Jews". The Weekly Standard. Washington, DC: MediaDC. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  5. ^ Fishbane, Michael; Flohr, Paul R., eds. (1975). Texts and Responses: Studies Presented to Nahum N. Glatzer on the Occasion of his Seventieth Birthday by his Students. Leiden: Brill. p. ix. ISBN 9004039805.
  6. ^ Martin Brasser (2004). Rosenzweig als Leser: Kontextuelle Kommentare zum "Stern der Erlösung". De Gruyter. p. 24. ISBN 978-3-11-093425-0.
  7. ^ Buber, Martin (1993). Glatzer, Nahum Norbert; Paul, Mendes-Flohrs (eds.). The Letters of Martin Buber: A Life of Dialogue. New York: Schocken Press.
  8. ^ Barbara Ellen Galli (1995). Franz Rosenzweig and Jehuda Halevi. McGill Queen's University Press. p. 314.