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Title:
Abraham's heirs : Jews and Christians in medieval Europe
Author:
Glick, Leonard B.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Syracuse, NY : Syracuse University Press, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xiv, 323 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1480 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780815627784

9780815627791
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Book

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Summary

The author of this book recounts the history of the Ashkenazic Jewish experience in medieval western Europe from the 5th to 15th centuries, focusing on interaction between Jews and Christians during this formative period.


Summary

The author of this book recounts the history of the Ashkenazic Jewish experience in medieval western Europe from the 5th to 15th centuries, focusing on interaction between Jews and Christians during this formative period.


Author Notes

Leonard B. Glick is professor of anthropology at Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts, where he teaches cultural anthropology and European Jewish history. Previously, he held teaching positions at Bryn Mawr College and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. A featured lecturer at the annual summer programs of the National Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, he is author of numerous articles on the anthropological study of religion and ethnicity.


Leonard B. Glick is professor of anthropology at Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts, where he teaches cultural anthropology and European Jewish history. Previously, he held teaching positions at Bryn Mawr College and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. A featured lecturer at the annual summer programs of the National Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, he is author of numerous articles on the anthropological study of religion and ethnicity.


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Library Journal Review

Glick's examination of the social experience of Jews living among Christians in medieval Europe is fascinating. A social historian and anthropologist at Hampshire College, Glick looks at the "ways in which European Jewish culture, identity, and experience were molded in the crucible of western Christendom." He believes modern-day Jewish "cultural psychology" arose from "a patterned set of behavioral dispositions and values, reflecting the historical experience and adaptive strategies of Ashkenazic Jewry" in the Franco-German region. (Glick's account is unique in that he intentionally overlooks Jewish Spain, a popular focus of other scholars.) The Crusades, the Jews' relegation from merchants to moneylenders, and Jewish settlement in and subsequent expulsion from England allow Glick to realize his hypothesis. Glick makes this history come alive. An excellent choice for academic, seminary, and public libraries.‘Kevin M. Roddy, Univ. of Hawaii, Hilo (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Library Journal Review

Glick's examination of the social experience of Jews living among Christians in medieval Europe is fascinating. A social historian and anthropologist at Hampshire College, Glick looks at the "ways in which European Jewish culture, identity, and experience were molded in the crucible of western Christendom." He believes modern-day Jewish "cultural psychology" arose from "a patterned set of behavioral dispositions and values, reflecting the historical experience and adaptive strategies of Ashkenazic Jewry" in the Franco-German region. (Glick's account is unique in that he intentionally overlooks Jewish Spain, a popular focus of other scholars.) The Crusades, the Jews' relegation from merchants to moneylenders, and Jewish settlement in and subsequent expulsion from England allow Glick to realize his hypothesis. Glick makes this history come alive. An excellent choice for academic, seminary, and public libraries.‘Kevin M. Roddy, Univ. of Hawaii, Hilo (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
1. Abraham's Heirsp. 1
2. The First European Jewsp. 26
3. "They Display Documents": Jewish Life in the Carolingian Empirep. 41
4. Cultural Counterpoint: Later Ninth and Tenth Centuriesp. 58
5. "To Make a City of My Village": The Pivotal Eleventh Centuryp. 77
6. "In Witness to the Oneness": The First Crusade and the Jews of the Rhinelandp. 91
7. Christian Renewal, Jewish Decline: The Twelfth Centuryp. 111
8. Encounters and Representations: Jews and Christians in Twelfth-Century Cultural Lifep. 130
9. "The Yoke of Servitude": Late Twelfth and Early Thirteenth Centuriesp. 155
10. "Reveal No Secrets": Maintaining a Culture in a Hostile Worldp. 178
11. "Our Property": Jews in Twelfth- and Thirteenth-Century Englandp. 204
12. "Odious to God and Men": Persecutions and Expulsionsp. 234
Notesp. 277
Works Citedp. 301
Indexp. 313
Prefacep. ix
1. Abraham's Heirsp. 1
2. The First European Jewsp. 26
3. "They Display Documents": Jewish Life in the Carolingian Empirep. 41
4. Cultural Counterpoint: Later Ninth and Tenth Centuriesp. 58
5. "To Make a City of My Village": The Pivotal Eleventh Centuryp. 77
6. "In Witness to the Oneness": The First Crusade and the Jews of the Rhinelandp. 91
7. Christian Renewal, Jewish Decline: The Twelfth Centuryp. 111
8. Encounters and Representations: Jews and Christians in Twelfth-Century Cultural Lifep. 130
9. "The Yoke of Servitude": Late Twelfth and Early Thirteenth Centuriesp. 155
10. "Reveal No Secrets": Maintaining a Culture in a Hostile Worldp. 178
11. "Our Property": Jews in Twelfth- and Thirteenth-Century Englandp. 204
12. "Odious to God and Men": Persecutions and Expulsionsp. 234
Notesp. 277
Works Citedp. 301
Indexp. 313

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