Jacob Taubes, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Jacob Taubes

sociologist of religion, philosopher, and scholar of Judaism

Date of Birth: 25-Feb-1923

Place of Birth: Vienna, Austria

Date of Death: 21-Mar-1987

Profession: rabbi, theologian, university teacher, sociologist, philosopher, Judaic scholar, sociologist of religion

Nationality: Austria

Zodiac Sign: Pisces

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About Jacob Taubes

  • Jacob Taubes (25 February 1923 – 21 March 1987) was a sociologist of religion, philosopher, and scholar of Judaism. Taubes was born into an old rabbinical family.
  • He was married to the writer Susan Taubes.
  • He obtained his doctorate in 1947 for a thesis on "Occidental Eschatology" and initially taught religious studies and Jewish studies in the United States at Harvard, Columbia and Princeton University. From 1965 he was professor of Jewish studies and hermeneutics at the Free University of Berlin.
  • He has influenced many contemporary thinkers such as Giorgio Agamben, Susan Sontag, Avital Ronell, Marshall Berman, Babette Babich, Aleida and Jan Assmann, Amos Funkenstein and Peter Sloterdijk. Taubes' books include Occidental Eschatology [Stanford UP, 2009] and The Political Theology of Paul [Stanford UP, 2004].

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