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Posted October 11, 2000
Jacob Katz presents an interesting analysis about the adaptation of Jewish law to the changes produced by the contact of Ashkenazi Jewry with non-Jews from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment. The economic aspect of the relations between Jews and Gentiles is an important element in this book. Another important aspect of this book is connected to the behavior of the Jewish community when in contact with Gentiles, as well as their reactions to proselytes and apostates. Katz, unlike other Jewish historians, presents the ghetto segregation as a positive element for the Eastern European Jews. This particular event, allowed the Jewish community to grow apart from the polemics and temptations of Christianity. Jacob Katz also provides the reader with the reasons why some Jewish religious authorities excluded Christianity from those who practiced idolatry.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 6, 2008
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