God, Humanity, and History: The Hebrew First Crusade Narratives / Edition 1

God, Humanity, and History: The Hebrew First Crusade Narratives / Edition 1

by Robert Chazan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520221273

ISBN-13: 9780520221277

Pub. Date: 08/09/2000

Publisher: University of California Press


Although closely focused on the remarkable Hebrew First-Crusade narratives, Robert Chazan's new interpretation of these texts is anything but narrow, as his title, God, Humanity, and History, strongly suggests. The three surviving Hebrew accounts of the crusaders' devastating assaults on Rhineland Jewish communities during the spring of 1096 have been…  See more details below

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Although closely focused on the remarkable Hebrew First-Crusade narratives, Robert Chazan's new interpretation of these texts is anything but narrow, as his title, God, Humanity, and History, strongly suggests. The three surviving Hebrew accounts of the crusaders' devastating assaults on Rhineland Jewish communities during the spring of 1096 have been examined at length, but only now can we appreciate the extent to which they represent their turbulent times.

After a close analysis of the texts themselves, Chazan addresses the objectives of the three narratives. He compares these accounts with earlier Jewish history writing and with contemporary crusade historiography. It is in their disjuncture with past forms of Jewish historical narration and their amazing parallels with Latin crusade narratives that the Hebrew narratives are most revealing. We see how they reflect the embeddedness of early Ashkenazic Jewry in the vibrant atmosphere of late-eleventh- and early-twelfth-century northern Europe.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520221277
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/09/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
281
Sales rank:
1,218,892
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Prologue: The Time-Bound and the Timeless in Medieval Ashkenazic Narrative1
1The Hebrew First Crusade Narratives19
2The Mainz Anonymous: Structure, Authorship, Dating, and Objectives28
3The Solomon bar Simson Chronicle: The Editorial Prologue and Epilogue52
4The Solomon bar Simson Chronicle: The Speyer-Worms-Mainz Unit70
5The Solomon bar Simson Chronicle: The Trier and Cologne Units83
6The Eliezer bar Nathan Chronicle100
7The Hebrew First Crusade Narratives: Time-Bound Objectives112
8The Historicity of the Hebrew Narratives124
9The Hebrew First Crusade Narratives: The Timeless140
10God, Humanity, and History157
11Comparative Dimensions: The 1096 Narratives and Classical Jewish Tradition175
12Comparative Dimensions: The 1096 Narratives and Their Medieval Setting191
Epilogue211
AppendixThe Hebrew First Crusade Narratives: Prior Studies on Relationships and Dating217
Abbreviations223
Notes225
Bibliography257
Index263

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