Jews and Christians in Thirteenth-Century France

Jews and Christians in Thirteenth-Century France

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A period of great change for Europe, the thirteenth-century was a time of both animosity and intimacy for Jewish and Christian communities. In this wide-ranging collection, scholars discuss the changing paradigms in the research and history of Jews and Christians in medieval Europe, discussing law, scholarly pursuits, art, culture, and poetry.

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ISBN-13: 9781349449606
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 05/06/2015
Series: The New Middle Ages
Edition description: 1st ed. 2015
Pages: 282
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x (d)

About the Author

Cyril Aslanov, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel David Berger, Yeshiva University, USA Susan E. Einbinder, University of Connecticut, USA Jessica M. Elliott, Grand Valley State University, USA Ari Geiger, Bar Ilan-University, Israel Ephraim Kanarfogel, Yeshiva University, USA Rella Kushelevsky, Bar-Ilan University, Israel Daniel J. Lasker Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel Anne E. Lester, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA Sara Offenberg, Bar-Ilan University, Israel Samuel N. Rosenberg, Indiana University, USA Yosef Schwartz, Tel Aviv University, Israel Karl Shoemaker, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA Lesley Smith, University of Oxford, UK Margo Stroumsa-Uzan, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel John Tolan, University of Nantes, France

Table of Contents

Introduction: Jews and Christians in Thirteenth-Century France; Elisheva Baumgarten and Judah D. Galinsky PART I: LEARNING, LAW, AND SOCIETY 1. Continuity and Change in the Study of the Bible: the Ten Commandments in Christian Exegesis; Lesley Smith 2. Psalters for Men, Books of Hours for Women: Arras as a Case Study; Margo Strumsa-Uzan 3. What Happened to Christian Hebraism in the Thirteenth Century?; Ari Geiger 4. "I Have Asked for Nothing except the Ius Commune ": Legal Change in Thirteenth-Century France; Karl Shoemaker 5. Between Ashkenaz (Germany) and Tsarfat (France): Two Approaches towards Popularizing Jewish Law; Judah D. Galinsky 6. Authority, Control and Conflict in Thirteenth-Century Paris: Contextualizing the Talmud Trial; Yosef Schwartz PART II: POLEMICS, PERSECUTIONS, AND MUTUAL PERCEPTIONS 7. Joseph ben Nathan's Sefer Yosef ha-Mekanné and the Medieval Jewish Critique of Christianity; Daniel J. Lasker 8. How, When, and To What Degree was the Jewish-Christian Debate Transformed in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries?; David Berger 9. Of Milk and Blood: Innocent III and the Jews, revisited; John Tolan 10. The Image of Christians in Medieval Ashkenazic Rabbinic Literature; Ephraim Kanarfogel 11. Jews "Feigning Devotion": Christian Representations of Converted Jews in French Chronicles before and after the Expulsion of 1306; Jessica Marin Elliot 12. Women behind the Law: Lay Religious Women in Thirteenth-Century France and the Problem of Textual Resistance; Anne E. Lester PART III: CULTURAL EXPRESSIONS AND APPROPRIATIONS: ART, POETRY, AND LITERATURE 13. Mirroring Samson the Martyr: Reflections of Jewish-Christian Relations in the North French Hebrew Illuminated Miscellany ; Sara Offenberg 14. The Lament on the Martyrs of Troyes as a Monument of Judeo-French on the Verge of the Expulsions; Cyril Aslanov 15. Exegesis and Romance: Revisiting the Old French Translation of Kallir ; Susan E. Einbinder, with an appendix by Samuel N. Rosenberg 16. Abstinence in Medieval France: A Comparison of "A Slave for Seven Years" in Sefer ha-ma'asim to "The Life of St. Alexis"; Rella Kushelevsky

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"This is a remarkable collection of articles which both deepens our understanding of problems long subjected to scrutiny and opens up entirely new vistas on Jewish-Christian relations in thirteenth-century France. Because the authors are so learned and so attuned to the relevant scholarship on other times and places, scholars with a wide variety of interests should return repeatedly to the collection for information and stimulation. The editors brought together an amazing group of authors - and they have not disappointed." - William Chester Jordan, Dayton-Skton Professor of History, Princeton University, USA

"Impressive for their sound historical scholarship and their analytical acuity, the essays in this collection offer a fresh perspective on medieval life and culture. Jews and Christians in Thirteenth-Century France illuminates a particularly critical stage of transition in the interaction of hostile but interdependent religious communities." - Jeremy Cohen, Abraham and Edita Spiegel Family Foundation Professor of European Jewish History, Tel Aviv University, Israel

"These sixteen essays bring fresh research and thoughtful interpretation to the vitality and tension that marked Jewish-Christian interactions in thirteenth-century France. As such, they go to the longer story of European identity marked importantly by how Christians and Jews both, and sometimes together, constituted its social and religious culture. This is a smart set of essays, one a wide variety of scholars will need to read and consult." - John Van Engen, Andrew V. Tackes Professor of History, University of Notre Dame, USA

"In bringing together scholars of medieval Jewry and of medieval Christendom, and so situating Jewish history firmly within its larger social and cultural context, this book deepens our understanding of the medieval Jewish experience. The contributions are of impressive quality and disciplinary breadth, addressing important developments in law, literature, exegesis, art, devotion, polemic, and learning. Jews and Christians in Thirteenth-Century France is a signal contribution." - Sara Lipton, Associate Professor of History, Stony Brook University, SUNY, USA

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