Fashioning Jewish Identity in Medieval Western Christendom
By (author) Robert Chazan
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Fashioning Jewish Identity in Medieval Western Christendom by Robert Chazan
Book DescriptionDuring the course of the twelfth century, increasing numbers of Jews migrated into dynamically developing western Christendom from Islamic lands. The vitality that attracted them also presented a challenge: Christianity - from early in its history - had proclaimed itself heir to a failed Jewish community and thus the vitality of western Christendom was both appealing and threatening to the Jewish immigrants. Indeed, western Christendom was entering a phase of intense missionising activity, some of which was directed at the long-term Jewish residents of Europe and the Jewish newcomers. This 2003 study examines the techniques of persuasion adopted by the Jewish polemicists in order to reassure their Jewish readers of the truth of Judaism and the error of Christianity. At the very deepest level, these Jewish authors sketched out for their fellow Jews a comparative portrait of Christian and Jewish societies - the former powerful but irrational and morally debased, the latter the weak but reasonable and morally elevated - urging that the obvious and sensible choice was Judaism.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521831840
(228mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 27-Nov-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Robert Chazan
From Anti-Judaism to Anti-Semitism, Paperback (December 2016)
This book traces the hardening of Christian attitudes to Jews, Judiasm and their history during the second half of the Middle Ages.
Reassessing Jewish Life in Medieval Europe, Paperback (September 2010)
Chazan argues that the challenges of life for Jews in medieval Western Christendom stimulated ingenuity, leading to later Jewish successes.
Fashioning Jewish Identity in Medieval Western Christendom, Paperback (January 2009)
This 2003 study examines the techniques of persuasion adopted by the Jewish polemicists.
Jews of Medieval Western Christendom, Hardback (November 2006)» View all books by Robert Chazan
A comprehensive synthesis of medieval Jewish history between AD 1000 and 1500.
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Author Biography - Robert Chazan
Robert Chazan is Scheuer Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University.
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