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Aspects of Jewish Culture in the Middle Ages

Paul E. Szarmach

Publication Year: 1979

These are the papers and discussions of the eighth annual conference of the Center for Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies at the State University of New York, Binghamton. The topics discussed were the relationship between Jewish and medieval studies, the patristic basis for Christian attitudes on the Jews, the Hispanic literary tradition, Jewish Spain, problems in Jewish art, and myth criticism and medieval studies.

Published by: State University of New York Press

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CONTENTS

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pp. v-vi

CONTRIBUTORS

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pp. vii-

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INTRODUCTION

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pp. ix-xxi

Gregory the Great' s cosmic indictment of the hardhearted perversity of the Jews, while no doubt striking for its rhetorical effect, is in many ways a typical text in the history of Jewish-Christian relations. Even when the ...

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MEDIEVAL JEWRY: FROM WITHIN AND FROM WITHOUT

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pp. 1-26

Under ordinary and more prosaic circumstances I should have delivered a limited substantive paper on some particular aspect of my work, preferably one so arcane as to be immune to criticism. However your invitation ...

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THE ADVERSUS JUDAEOS TRADITION IN THE CHURCH FATHERS: THE EXEGESIS OF CHRISTIAN ANTI-JUDAISM

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pp. 27-50

The primary materials for studying the attitudes towards the ]ews in the Church Fathers are the Adversus Judaeos writings.1 These writings are remarkable for their preservation of the archaic "testimonies tradition." The earliest ...

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ASPECTS OF JEWISH LIFE IN ISLAMIC SPAIN

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pp. 51-84

The yearning for Zion was nothing at all unique in medieval Hebrew poetry, even among the highly urbane and assimilated ]ews of al-Andalus, or Islamic Spain. The all-powerful Samuel ha-Nagid Ibn Naghrela (d. 1056), vizier of the Zirid ...

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TWO PARALLEL MEDIEVAL COMMONPLACES: ANTIFEMINISM AND ANTISEMITISM IN THE HISPANIC LITERARY TRADITION

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pp. 85-119

Before undertaking the task of pointing out the similarities between the phenomena of antifeminism and antisemitism in the Hispanic medieval literary tradition, I must make a few disclaimers. It is not my intention to ...

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MEDIEVAL JEWISH IMAGE: CONTROVERSIES,CONTRIBUTIONS, CONCEPTIONS

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pp. 121-150

Heinrich Graetz, a German ]ewish historian, wrote in 1846 that " ... paganism sees its God, ]udaism hears him."l This statement has been echoed and reechoed many times. Martin Buber says: "The ]ew of antiquity was more of an aural ...

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WHY IS THE GRAIL KNIGHT JEWISH? A PASSOVER MEDITATI0N

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pp. 151-170

Of all the legends, the communal dreams which have possessed the imagination of the West, that of the Grail seems the most tantalizing and evasive. It not merely remains-after eight hundred years of writing, rewriting, ...

DISPUTATIO

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pp. 171-208


E-ISBN-13: 9781438421698
E-ISBN-10: 1438421699
Print-ISBN-13: 9780873951654
Print-ISBN-10: 0873951654

Page Count: 208
Publication Year: 1979