This volume takes a fresh view of the role representations of the past play in the construction of Jewish identity. Its central
theme is that the study of how Jews construct the past can help in interpreting how they understand the nature of their Jewishness.
The individual chapters illuminate the ways in which Jews responded to and made use of the past. If Jews choices of what to
include, emphasize, omit, and invent in their representation of the past is a fundamental variable, then this volume contributes
to the creation of a more nuanced approach to the construction of the histories of Jews and their thought.