The Jew in Medieval Iberia: 1100-1500

The Jew in Medieval Iberia: 1100-1500

by Jonathan Ray
     
 

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'The Jew in Medieval Iberia' is an exploration of the richness and diversity of Jewish society in Christian Iberia from 1100-1500, providing a fresh look at the ways in which medieval Jews conceived of themselves and their communities, as well as their relationship to the surrounding society. The essays collected in this volume transcend older stereotypes of Christian… See more details below

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'The Jew in Medieval Iberia' is an exploration of the richness and diversity of Jewish society in Christian Iberia from 1100-1500, providing a fresh look at the ways in which medieval Jews conceived of themselves and their communities, as well as their relationship to the surrounding society. The essays collected in this volume transcend older stereotypes of Christian persecution and Jewish piety to reveal a complex and vibrant community of merchants and scholars, townsmen and women, cultural intermediaries and guardians of religious tradition. Taken together, they present a portrait that adds greater nuances to our understanding of both medieval Jewish and medieval Spanish history.

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“Not content to rehash a history of cultural achievement and social marginalization, The Jew in Medieval Iberia instead observes Sephardic Jews and their communities as they operated within the intersection of Iberian Jewish and Christian societies and cultures. Jonathan Ray has gathered 12 original essays by North American, Spanish and Israeli authors and has added an interpretive introductory essay, which surveys the diverse intellectual and economic life of Sephardic Jews. The volume provides teachers and students alike with the opportunity to view an intriguing mix of Jewish economic, political and religious behavior in a new light. The Jew in Medieval Iberia affords both scholars and interested readers a fresh look at a perennially fascinating subject.” — Benjamin R. Gampel, Eli and Dinah Family Chair in Jewish History,
The Jewish Theological Seminary of America
Benjamin R. Gampel
“Not content to rehash a history of cultural achievement and social marginalization, The Jew in Medieval Iberia instead observes Sephardic Jews and their communities as they operated within the intersection of Iberian Jewish and Christian societies and cultures. Jonathan Ray has gathered 12 original essays by North American, Spanish and Israeli authors and has added an interpretive introductory essay, which surveys the diverse intellectual and economic life of Sephardic Jews. The volume provides teachers and students alike with the opportunity to view an intriguing mix of Jewish economic, political and religious behavior in a new light. The Jew in Medieval Iberia affords both scholars and interested readers a fresh look at a perennially fascinating subject.”

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ISBN-13:
9781618112927
Publisher:
Academic Studies Press
Publication date:
02/01/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
468
Sales rank:
1,301,087
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.94(d)

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