Schoenberg's Moses und Aron and the Judaic ban on images

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

4 Scopus citations


This article argues that Schoenberg's monumental opera Moses und Aron reflects a broader German-Jewish concern with the philosophical meaning of the Second Commandment and its relation to German-Jewish identity. By way of the aesthetic theory of the German-Jewish philosopher Hermann Cohen, the article analyzes Moses und Aron and suggests that Cohen's theory offers a context through which to understand the philosophical and cultural underpinnings of Schoenberg's music and drama. The article concludes with a brief discussion of the social and political milieu in which Moses und Aron was created and its implications for understanding Schoenberg's and the German-Jewish intellectual struggle for identity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-90
Number of pages18
JournalJournal for the Study of the Old Testament
Issue number92
StatePublished - Mar 9 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Religious studies


Dive into the research topics of 'Schoenberg's Moses und Aron and the Judaic ban on images'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this