Jews and Judaism in the Middle Ages

Jews and Judaism in the Middle Ages

by Theodore L. Steinberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275985881

ISBN-13: 9780275985882

Pub. Date: 12/28/2007

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Although Jews constituted the largest minority in medieval Europe, they tend to be largely ignored in general studies of the Middle Ages, with the result that their history and culture are both overlooked and misunderstood. Jews and Judaism in the Middle Ages attempts to correct that situation by presenting, in clear and accessible language, an introduction

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Overview

Although Jews constituted the largest minority in medieval Europe, they tend to be largely ignored in general studies of the Middle Ages, with the result that their history and culture are both overlooked and misunderstood. Jews and Judaism in the Middle Ages attempts to correct that situation by presenting, in clear and accessible language, an introduction to Jewish thought as well as to medieval Jewish history and texts.

This volume examines the everyday life of medieval Jews in both Christian and Muslim environments, looks at the causes of medieval anti-Semititism and anti-Judaism, and includes a brief history of the persecutions to which medieval Jews were subjected. Despite popular opinion today, medieval Jewish life consisted of far more than persecution and suffering, and the volume examines Jewish accomplishments in the fields of biblical commentary, literature, philosophy, and mysticism, demonstrating that Jewish life, while often difficult, also had its creative and glorious side. Because the Talmud was the most important Jewish text throughout the Middle Ages, this volume introduces readers to the intricacies of that long and involved work, which helped to shape medieval Christianity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275985882
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/28/2007
Series:
Praeger Series on the Middle Ages Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

I Backgrounds 1

1 Jews and Judaism: What Are They? 3

2 Talmud and Midrash 21

3 Jews, Christians, Muslims 49

II The Historical Record 95

4 The Medieval Jewish Experience 97

5 Living as Jews in the Medieval World 135

III The Jewish Cultural Legacy 161

6 Commentaries 163

7 Medieval Hebrew Literature 185

8 Philosophy and Kabbalah 219

Epilogue 255

App. 1 Chronology 257

App. 2 Names in Hebrew and English 261

Notes 263

Bibliography 273

Index 285

A photo essay follows page 160

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