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A Hebrew Chronicle from Prague, C. 1615

Abraham David, Leon J. Weinberger, Dena Ordan, Leon J. Weinberger

Publication Year: 2006

Translated by Leon J. Weinberger with Dena Ordan

"This slender anonymous work, spanning 1389 to 1611, presents the priorities and concerns of a Jewish community straddling the late medieval and early modern periods. Ample footnotes and explanations provide the lay reader with sufficient background to understand the references to historical events and figures, to ideologies and to institutions. A comprehensive introduction presents the realities of Prague and Bohemia, as well as offering a helpful discussion of the chronicle and other contemporary Jewish accounts."
Conservative Jewish Quarterly

"In about 1615 an anonymous Jew from Prague composed a short Hebrew chronicle to recount 'the expulsions, miracles, and other occurrences befalling [the Jews] in Prague and the other lands of our long exile.' Abraham David discovered the manuscript [and] added glosses, historical notes, and an introduction. . . . The chronicle, with its brief annual entries, is not a continuous narrative, but does give a feeling of immediacy, like a newspaper."
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry

Published by: The University of Alabama Press

Series: Judaic Studies Series

Cover Page

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pp. 1-1

Title Page

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pp. 2-7


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pp. vii-9

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pp. ix-x

The basis of this work is the manuscript Mic. 3849 in the Jewish Theological Seminary library, New York. In the course of my search for historical sources relating to Jewish life in the Middle Ages, I chanced upon a manuscript of the chronicle during my visit to the seminary in 1978. The chronicle provides valuable evidence of the events and changes in Jewish ...

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Translators’ Note

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pp. xi-xiii

The chronicle is divided into numbered sections, which are individual Where the medieval Hebrew text is unclear, Abraham David has provided interpolations within brackets. Glosses also have been supplied by Dr. David, while glosses supplied by the translators are identified as such. Ellipses printed within brackets indicate that a given passage is un ...


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pp. xiv-15

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pp. 1-15

The establishment of Prague as the capital of the kingdom of Bohemia by Charles IV (king 1346-1378, Holy Roman Emperor 1355-1378) marks a turning point in Prague's history, and the beginning of significant future changes. For a time thereafter the kingdom of Bohemia was under Polish hegemony, becoming part of the Habsburg dominions in 1526 upon the ...


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pp. 16-18

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The Hebrew Chronicle

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pp. 19-72

A page from the Hebrew Chronicle. The manuscript is housed at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York. (Photograph by Suzanne Kaufman; reproduced courtesy1. On the last day of Passover 5149 (18 April 1389) many Prague Jews met their death, the result of an accusation of Host desecration. According to a non-Jewish source, approximately 3,000 Jews were burned to death or otherwise killed. See G. Bondy ...

Appendix 1: Lists of Anti-Jewish Acts during the Medieval Period

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pp. 73-85

Appendix 2: Excerpts from Zemah David relating to Bohemia

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pp. 86-94


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pp. 95-96


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pp. 97-102


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pp. 103-106

E-ISBN-13: 9780817386894
E-ISBN-10: 0817386890
Print-ISBN-13: 9780817352905
Print-ISBN-10: 0817352902

Page Count: 120
Publication Year: 2006

Series Title: Judaic Studies Series
Series Editor Byline: John Smith, Will Wordsworth See more Books in this Series

OCLC Number: 44958103
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