The Christian Jew and the Unmarked Jewess

The Christian Jew and the Unmarked Jewess
Author: Adrienne Williams Boyarin
Publsiher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2020-11-27
ISBN 10: 0812252594
ISBN 13: 9780812252590
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Christian Jew and the Unmarked Jewess Book Review:

In the Plea Rolls of the Exchequer of the Jews, Trinity Term 1277, Adrienne Williams Boyarin finds the case of one Sampson son of Samuel, a Jew of Northampton, arrested for impersonating a Franciscan friar and preaching false Christianity. He was sentenced to walk for three days through the centers of London, Canterbury, Oxford, Lincoln, and Northampton carrying the entrails and flayed skin of a calf and exposing his naked, circumcised body to onlookers. Sampson's crime and sentence, Williams Boyarin argues, suggest that he made a convincing friar—when clothed. Indeed, many English texts of this era struggle with the similarities of Jews and Christians, but especially of Jewish and Christian women. Unlike men, Jewish women did not typically wear specific identifying clothing, nor were they represented as physiognomically distinct. Williams Boyarin observes that both before and after the periods in which art historians note a consistent visual repertoire of villainy and difference around Jewish men, English authors highlight and exploit Jewish women's indistinguishability from Christians. Exploring what she calls a "polemics of sameness," she elucidates an essential part of the rhetoric employed by medieval anti-Jewish materials, which could assimilate the Jew into the Christian and, as a consequence, render the Jewess a dangerous but unseeable enemy or a sign of the always-convertible self. The Christian Jew and the Unmarked Jewess considers realities and fantasies of indistinguishability. It focuses on how medieval Christians could identify with Jews and even think of themselves as Jewish—positively or negatively, historically or figurally. Williams Boyarin identifies and explores polemics of sameness through a broad range of theological, historical, and literary works from medieval England before turning more specifically to stereotypes of Jewish women and the ways in which rhetorical strategies that blur the line between "saming" and "othering" reveal gendered habits of representation.

An Introduction to Jewish Christian Relations

An Introduction to Jewish Christian Relations
Author: Edward Kessler
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2010-02-18
ISBN 10: 1139487302
ISBN 13: 9781139487306
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

An Introduction to Jewish Christian Relations Book Review:

Relations between Christians and Jews over the past two thousand years have been characterised to a great extent by mutual distrust and by Christian discrimination and violence against Jews. In recent decades, however, a new spirit of dialogue has been emerging, beginning with an awakening among Christians of the Jewish origins of Christianity, and encouraging scholars of both traditions to work together. An Introduction to Jewish-Christian Relations sheds fresh light on this ongoing interfaith encounter, exploring key writings and themes in Jewish-Christian history, from the Jewish context of the New Testament to major events of modern times, including the rise of ecumenism, the horrors of the Holocaust, and the creation of the state of Israel. This accessible theological and historical study also touches on numerous related areas such as Jewish and interfaith studies, philosophy, sociology, cultural studies, international relations and the political sciences.

The Insight of Unbelievers

The Insight of Unbelievers
Author: Deeana Copeland Klepper
Publsiher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2010-08-03
ISBN 10: 081220039X
ISBN 13: 9780812200393
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Insight of Unbelievers Book Review:

In the year 1309, Nicholas of Lyra, an important Franciscan Bible commentator, put forth a question at the University of Paris, asking whether it was possible to prove the advent of Christ from scriptures received by the Jews. This question reflects the challenges he faced as a Christian exegete determined to value Jewish literature during an era of increasing hostility toward Jews in western Europe. Nicholas's literal commentary on the Bible became one of the most widely copied and disseminated of all medieval Bible commentaries. Jewish commentary was, as a result, more widely read in Latin Christendom than ever before, while at the same moment Jews were being pushed farther and farther to the margins of European society. His writings depict Jews as stubborn unbelievers who also held indispensable keys to understanding Christian Scripture. In The Insight of Unbelievers, Deeana Copeland Klepper examines late medieval Christian use of the Hebrew Bible and Jewish interpretation of Scripture, focusing on Nicholas of Lyra as the most important mediator of Hebrew traditions. Klepper highlights the important impact of both Jewish literature and Jewish unbelief on Nicholas of Lyra and on Christian culture more generally. By carefully examining the place of Hebrew and rabbinic traditions in the Christian study of the Bible, The Insight of Unbelievers elaborates in new ways on the relationship between Christian and Jewish scholarship and polemic in late medieval Europe.

Neat Jewish Stuff for Christians

Neat Jewish Stuff for Christians
Author: David E. Teitelbaum
Publsiher: Xulon Press
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2021
ISBN 10: 1612151000
ISBN 13: 9781612151007
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Neat Jewish Stuff for Christians Book Review:

Have you ever wondered why the Bible is so, well, Jewish?God revealed His character and his plan for the world through His chosen people, the Jews. It was through the line of Abraham that the Bible was written. It was from this same line that Jesus was born. It was from the Jews that Jesus called his disciples, and out of Judaism the early church was born.Neat Jewish Stuff for Christians brings the reader to a better understanding of the Jewish roots of the Christian faith and the message of Jesus. Questions for discussion are included after each chapter. As Dr. Teitelbaum sums up: "Christians grow in worshipful appreciation of Jesus when His roots in Judaism are understood."

The Family of Abraham

The Family of Abraham
Author: Carol Bakhos
Publsiher: Harvard University Press
Total Pages: 285
Release: 2014-07-06
ISBN 10: 0674050835
ISBN 13: 9780674050839
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Family of Abraham Book Review:

"Abrahamic religions" has gained currency in scholarly and ecumenical circles as a way to refer to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Carol Bakhos steps back from the convention to ask: What is Abrahamic about these three faiths? She challenges references to Judaism and Islam as sibling religions and warns against uncritical adoption of the term.

Masculinity and the Making of American Judaism

Masculinity and the Making of American Judaism
Author: Sarah Imhoff
Publsiher: Indiana University Press
Total Pages: 310
Release: 2017-03-13
ISBN 10: 0253026369
ISBN 13: 9780253026361
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Masculinity and the Making of American Judaism Book Review:

How did American Jewish men experience manhood, and how did they present their masculinity to others? In this distinctive book, Sarah Imhoff shows that the project of shaping American Jewish manhood was not just one of assimilation or exclusion. Jewish manhood was neither a mirror of normative American manhood nor its negative, effeminate opposite. Imhoff demonstrates how early 20th-century Jews constructed a gentler, less aggressive manhood, drawn partly from the American pioneer spirit and immigration experience, but also from Hollywood and the YMCA, which required intense cultivation of a muscled male physique. She contends that these models helped Jews articulate the value of an acculturated American Judaism. Tapping into a rich historical literature to reveal how Jews looked at masculinity differently than Protestants or other religious groups, Imhoff illuminates the particular experience of American Jewish men.

Gentile Tales

Gentile Tales
Author: Miri Rubin
Publsiher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2004-05-03
ISBN 10: 9780812218800
ISBN 13: 0812218809
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Gentile Tales Book Review:

During the late medieval period, accusations that Jews had abused Christ by desecrating the Eucharist created a powerful anti-Jewish movement and violent clashes quickly spread throughout Europe.

Interfaith Families

Interfaith Families
Author: Jane Kaplan
Publsiher: Church Publishing, Inc.
Total Pages: 238
Release: 2005-03-01
ISBN 10: 1596271523
ISBN 13: 9781596271524
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Interfaith Families Book Review:

As the number of Jewish-Christian marriages in America continue to rise, couples find themselves searching for ways to reconcile love and religion. Even when each partner has no particular religious life, they are confronted with related conflicts. Should children be raised in one faith and not the other? Who decides which holidays to celebrate and how? How can couples deal with extended family members who may not understand or accept their interfaith marriage? Readers will find and array of reactions and approaches as the couples profiled in this book describe how they tacked these topics. Each personal narrative offers fresh insight into interfaith families by giving examples of the successes and failures, struggles and triumphs of everyday situations and major life decisions.

Jews and Crime in Medieval Europe

Jews and Crime in Medieval Europe
Author: Ephraim Shoham-Steiner
Publsiher: Wayne State University Press
Total Pages: 476
Release: 2020-11-10
ISBN 10: 0814345603
ISBN 13: 9780814345603
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jews and Crime in Medieval Europe Book Review:

Jews and Crime in Medieval Europe is a topic laced by prejudice on one hand and apologetics on the other. Beginning in the Middle Ages, Jews were often portrayed as criminals driven by greed. While these accusations were, for the most part, unfounded, in other cases criminal accusations against Jews were not altogether baseless. Drawing on a variety of legal, liturgical, literary, and archival sources, Ephraim Shoham-Steiner examines the reasons for the involvement in crime, the social profile of Jews who performed crimes, and the ways and mechanisms employed by the legal and communal body to deal with Jewish criminals and with crimes committed by Jews. A society’s attitude toward individuals identified as criminals—by others or themselves—can serve as a window into that society’s mores and provide insight into how transgressors understood themselves and society’s attitudes toward them. The book is divided into three main sections. In the first section, Shoham-Steiner examines theft and crimes of a financial nature. In the second section, he discusses physical violence and murder, most importantly among Jews but also incidents when Jews attacked others and cases in which Jews asked non-Jews to commit violence against fellow Jews. In the third section, Shoham-Steiner approaches the role of women in crime and explores the gender differences, surveying the nature of the crimes involving women both as perpetrators and as victims, as well as the reaction to their involvement in criminal activities among medieval European Jews. While the study of crime and social attitudes toward criminals is firmly established in the social sciences, the history of crime and of social attitudes toward crime and criminals is relatively new, especially in the field of medieval studies and all the more so in medieval Jewish studies. Jews and Crime in Medieval Europe blazes a new path for unearthing daily life history from extremely recalcitrant sources. The intended readership goes beyond scholars and students of medieval Jewish studies, medieval European history, and crime in pre-modern society.

Rituals of Childhood

Rituals of Childhood
Author: Ivan G. Marcus
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2015-05-01
ISBN 10: 030015674X
ISBN 13: 9780300156744
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Rituals of Childhood Book Review:

In medieval times, when a Jewish boy of five began religious schooling, he was carried from home to a teacher and placed on the teacher's lap. He was then asked to recite the Hebrew alphabet and lick honey from the slate on which it was written, to eat magically inscribed cooked peeled eggs and cakes, to recite an incantation against a demon of forgetfulness, and then to go down to the riverbank with the teacher, where he was told that his future study of the Torah, like the rushing river, would never end. This book--Ivan Marcus's erudite and novel interpretation of this rite of passage--presents a new anthropological historical approach to Jewish culture and acculturation in medieval Christian Europe. Marcus traces ancient Jewish and Greco-Roman elements in the rite and then analyzes it from different perspectives, making use of narrative, legal, poetic, ethnographic, and pictorial sources, as well as firsthand accounts. He then describes contemporary medieval Christian images and initiation rites--including the eucharist and the Madonna and child--as contexts within which to understand the ceremony. He is the first to investigate how medieval Jews were aware of, drew upon, and polemically transformed Christian religious symbols into Jewish counterimages in order to affirm the truth of Judaism and to make sense of living as Jews in an intensely Christian culture.

The Pope and I

The Pope and I
Author: Jerzy Kluger
Publsiher: Orbis Books
Total Pages: 251
Release: 2013
ISBN 10: 160833130X
ISBN 13: 9781608331307
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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A Goy Who Speaks Yiddish

A Goy Who Speaks Yiddish
Author: Aya Elyada
Publsiher: Stanford University Press
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2012-11-07
ISBN 10: 0804782822
ISBN 13: 9780804782821
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Goy Who Speaks Yiddish Book Review:

This book explores the unique phenomenon of Christian engagement with Yiddish language and literature from the beginning of the sixteenth century to the late eighteenth century. By exploring the motivations for Christian interest in Yiddish, and the differing ways in which Yiddish was discussed and treated in Christian texts, A Goy Who Speaks Yiddish addresses a wide array of issues, most notably Christian Hebraism, Protestant theology, early modern Yiddish culture, and the social and cultural history of language in early modern Europe. Elyada's analysis of a wide range of philological and theological works, as well as textbooks, dictionaries, ethnographical writings, and translations, demonstrates that Christian Yiddishism had implications beyond its purely linguistic and philological dimensions. Indeed, Christian texts on Yiddish reveal not only the ways in which Christians perceived and defined Jews and Judaism, but also, in a contrasting vein, how they viewed their own language, religion, and culture.

Imperialism and Jewish Society

Imperialism and Jewish Society
Author: Seth Schwartz
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2009-02-09
ISBN 10: 1400824850
ISBN 13: 9781400824854
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Imperialism and Jewish Society Book Review:

This provocative new history of Palestinian Jewish society in antiquity marks the first comprehensive effort to gauge the effects of imperial domination on this people. Probing more than eight centuries of Persian, Greek, and Roman rule, Seth Schwartz reaches some startling conclusions--foremost among them that the Christianization of the Roman Empire generated the most fundamental features of medieval and modern Jewish life. Schwartz begins by arguing that the distinctiveness of Judaism in the Persian, Hellenistic, and early Roman periods was the product of generally prevailing imperial tolerance. From around 70 C.E. to the mid-fourth century, with failed revolts and the alluring cultural norms of the High Roman Empire, Judaism all but disintegrated. However, late in the Roman Empire, the Christianized state played a decisive role in ''re-Judaizing'' the Jews. The state gradually excluded them from society while supporting their leaders and recognizing their local communities. It was thus in Late Antiquity that the synagogue-centered community became prevalent among the Jews, that there re-emerged a distinctively Jewish art and literature--laying the foundations for Judaism as we know it today. Through masterful scholarship set in rich detail, this book challenges traditional views rooted in romantic notions about Jewish fortitude. Integrating material relics and literature while setting the Jews in their eastern Mediterranean context, it addresses the complex and varied consequences of imperialism on this vast period of Jewish history more ambitiously than ever before. Imperialism in Jewish Society will be widely read and much debated.

Nazarene Jewish Christianity

Nazarene Jewish Christianity
Author: Ray Pritz
Publsiher: Brill Archive
Total Pages: 153
Release: 1988
ISBN 10: 9789004081086
ISBN 13: 9004081089
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The Jews of San Nicandro

The Jews of San Nicandro
Author: John Davis
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2010-10-26
ISBN 10: 0300160364
ISBN 13: 9780300160369
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Jews of San Nicandro Book Review:

The intimate story of an Italian peasant community’s unique conversion to the Jewish faith, and its links to major changes that swept twentieth-century Europe Not many people know of the utterly extraordinary events that took place in a humble southern Italian town in the first half of the twentieth century—and those who do have struggled to explain them. In the late 1920s, a crippled shoemaker had a vision where God called upon him to bring the Jewish faith to this “dark corner” in the Catholic heartlands, despite his having had no prior contact with Judaism itself. By 1938, about a dozen families had converted at one of the most troubled times for Italy’s Jews. The peasant community came under the watchful eyes of Mussolini’s regime and the Catholic Church, but persisted in their new belief, eventually securing approval of their conversion from the rabbinical authorities, and emigrating to the newly founded State of Israel, where a community still exists today. In this first fully documented examination of the San Nicandro story, John A. Davis explains how and why these incredible events unfolded as they did. Using the converts’ own accounts and a wide range of hitherto unknown sources, Davis uncovers the everyday trials and tribulations within this community, and shows how they intersected with many key contemporary issues, including national identity and popular devotional cults, Fascist and Catholic persecution, Zionist networks and postwar Jewish refugees, and the mass exodus that would bring the Mediterranean peasant world to an end. Vivid and poignant, this book draws fresh and intriguing links between the astonishing San Nicandro affair and the wider transformation of twentieth-century Europe.

Art of Estrangement

Art of Estrangement
Author: Pamela Anne Patton
Publsiher: Penn State Press
Total Pages: 206
Release: 2012
ISBN 10: 0271053836
ISBN 13: 9780271053837
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Art of Estrangement Book Review:

"Examines the influential role of visual images in reinforcing the efforts of Spain's Christian-ruled kingdoms to renegotiate the role of their Jewish minority following the territorial expansions of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries"--Provided by publisher.

Confessions of the Shtetl

Confessions of the Shtetl
Author: Ellie R. Schainker
Publsiher: Stanford University Press
Total Pages: 360
Release: 2016-11-16
ISBN 10: 1503600246
ISBN 13: 9781503600249
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Confessions of the Shtetl Book Review:

Over the course of the nineteenth century, some 84,500 Jews in imperial Russia converted to Christianity. Confessions of the Shtetl explores the day-to-day world of these people, including the social, geographic, religious, and economic links among converts, Christians, and Jews. The book narrates converts' tales of love, desperation, and fear, tracing the uneasy contest between religious choice and collective Jewish identity in tsarist Russia. Rather than viewing the shtetl as the foundation myth for modern Jewish nationhood, this work reveals the shtetl's history of conversions and communal engagement with converts, which ultimately yielded a cultural hybridity that both challenged and fueled visions of Jewish separatism. Drawing on extensive research with conversion files in imperial Russian archives, in addition to the mass press, novels, and memoirs, Ellie R. Schainker offers a sociocultural history of religious toleration and Jewish life that sees baptism not as the fundamental departure from Jewishness or the Jewish community, but as a conversion that marked the start of a complicated experiment with new forms of identity and belonging. Ultimately, she argues that the Jewish encounter with imperial Russia did not revolve around coercion and ghettoization but was a genuinely religious drama with a diverse, attractive, and aggressive Christianity.

The Big Jewish Book for Jews

The Big Jewish Book for Jews
Author: Ellis Weiner,Barbara Davilman
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2010-07-27
ISBN 10: 1101457112
ISBN 13: 9781101457115
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Big Jewish Book for Jews Book Review:

A hilarious compendium of traditional wisdom, recipes, and lore from the authors of the bestselling Yiddish with Dick and Jane. Modern Jews have forgotten cherished traditions and become, sadly, all- too assimilated. It's enough to make you meshugeneh. Today's Jews need to relearn the old ways so that cultural identity means something other than laughing knowingly at Curb Your Enthusiasm- and The Big Jewish Book for Jews is here to help. This wise and wise-cracking fully-illustrated book offers invaluable instruction on everything from how to sacrifice a lamb unto the lord to the rules of Mahjong. Jews of all ages and backgrounds will welcome the opportunity to be the Jewiest Jew of all, and reconnect to ancestors going all the way back to Moses and a time when God was the only GPS a Jew needed.

The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages

The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages
Author: Geraldine Heng
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 493
Release: 2018-03-08
ISBN 10: 1108422780
ISBN 13: 9781108422789
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages Book Review:

This book challenges the common belief that race and racisms are phenomena that began only in the modern era.

Christianity Is Jewish

Christianity Is Jewish
Author: Edith Schaeffer
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2012-01-30
ISBN 10: 1610977750
ISBN 13: 9781610977753
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Christianity Is Jewish Book Review:

Edith Schaeffer lovingly encourages Christians to embrace the Jewishness of their faith. When the early church repudiated its Jewish roots, the New Testament became disconnected from its Hebraic foundations in the Old Testament. Edith Schaeffer presents a most convincing case for an unbreakable continuity in the flow of history from Genesis to Revelation. Her book reveals the thread of redemption in its Jewish context and Christianity as a grafted vine rooted in Judaism. The reader will hardly be able to miss the conclusion that the Christian gospel built on the foundation of the prophets and of the apostles is entirely Jewish. We live in a time when Christians and Jews are confused about their true identity and mutual calling to each other. This book deserves a re-edition at a time of unrelenting persistence of anti-Semitism, when much of the world turns their backs on Israel and the Jews. The global community of nations risks abandoning its Judeo-Christian heritage. This book's simple message may be what is needed to open the eyes of the Church to what Christianity owes to the Jews: gratitude, love, and the knowledge of their Jewish Messiah as the true Passover Lamb.