Rituals of Childhood: Jewish Acculturation in Medieval Europe / Edition 1

Rituals of Childhood: Jewish Acculturation in Medieval Europe / Edition 1

by Ivan G. Marcus
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300076584

ISBN-13: 9780300076585

Pub. Date: 10/28/1998

Publisher: Yale University Press

"As a piece of scholarship . . . Rituals of Childhood is impeccable. . . . As a piece of anthropological reconstruction it makes for compelling reading."-Haim Chertok, Jerusalem Post Literary Supplement

"An important work, both instructive and entertaining. Marcus presents new information and ideas that can be enjoyed by the general reading public as well as

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"As a piece of scholarship . . . Rituals of Childhood is impeccable. . . . As a piece of anthropological reconstruction it makes for compelling reading."-Haim Chertok, Jerusalem Post Literary Supplement

"An important work, both instructive and entertaining. Marcus presents new information and ideas that can be enjoyed by the general reading public as well as scholars in the field of Judaica. . . . This work is well written, thoughtful, and fascinating."-James Seaver, History: Reviews of New Books

"An extremely important landmark in the scholarly study of Jewish-Ashkenazic folklore . . . an exemplary, classic work."-Israel Ta-Shma, The Jewish Quarterly Review

In this novel interpretation of the initiation rite of Jewish boys beginning their religious schooling, Ivan G. Marcus presents a new anthropological historical approach to Jewish culture and acculturation in medieval Christian Europe. Marcus shows how Jews polemically transformed Christian religious symbols into Jewish counterimages to affirm the truth of Judaism and make sense of living in an intensely Christian culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300076585
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1Introduction: Ritual and Medieval Jewish Cultural History1
2The Initiation Rite18
3Ancient Jewish Pedagogy35
4Food Magic and Mnemonic Gestures47
5Symbolic Readings74
6Childhood Initiations into Religious Cultures102
Notes129
Bibliography161
Index183

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