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A Hebrew Chronicle from Prague, C. 1615
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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

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-9
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Translators’ Note
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xiv-15
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 16-18
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  1. The Hebrew Chronicle
  2. pp. 19-72
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  1. Appendix 1: Lists of Anti-Jewish Acts during the Medieval Period
  2. pp. 73-85
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  1. Appendix 2: Excerpts from Zemah David relating to Bohemia
  2. pp. 86-94
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 95-96
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 97-102
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 103-106
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