Christians and Jews in the Twelfth-Century Renaissance

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The twelfth century was a period of rapid change in Europe. The intellectual landscape was being transformed through new access to classical works throught non-Christian sources. The Christian church was strengthening its control over the priesthood and laity; within the

church, a dramatic spiritual renewal was taking place.

Christians and Jews in the Twelfth Century Renaissance reveals the consequences for ...

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Overview

The twelfth century was a period of rapid change in Europe. The intellectual landscape was being transformed through new access to classical works throught non-Christian sources. The Christian church was strengthening its control over the priesthood and laity; within the

church, a dramatic spiritual renewal was taking place.

Christians and Jews in the Twelfth Century Renaissance reveals the consequences for the only remaining non-Christian minority in the heartland of Europe: the Jews. Anna Abulafia probes the anti-Jewish polemics of

scholars who used the new ideas to encourage persecution of the Jews. They argued that the Jews had a different capacity for reason since they had not reached the "right" conclusion--Christianity. They formulated a universal Christendom, from which Jews were excluded. Abulafia shows how

the Jews' exclusion from this view of society contributed to their growing marginalization from the twelfth century onward.

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Abulafia analyzes the anti-Jewish polemics of scholars of the central middle ages, demonstrating how certain new ideas, as well as the growing differences in belief and economic behavior, caused the Jews to become increasingly marginalized. She also examines the effects of these changes on relations between Jews and Christians during the 13th century Talmud debate and the remainder of the medieval period, when legal and administrative measures were enacted against Jews. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415000123
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/30/1995
  • Pages: 208
  • Lexile: 1480L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
Pt. I The Twelfth-Century Renaissance
1 The Schools 11
2 The Tools of Reason and Christian Humanism 23
3 The Christianization of Reason 34
Pt. II Christians and Jews in the Twelfth-Century Renaissance
4 A Changing Society 51
5 The Jewish Challenge 63
Pt. III The Jewish-Christian Debate
6 Christianized Reason at Work 77
7 The Testimony of the Hebrew Bible 94
8 Bodies and Money 107
9 Inclusiveness and Exclusion 123
Epilogue 137
Notes 142
Bibliography 175
Index 188
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