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The Jewish-Christian Encounter in Medieval Preaching

Edited By Jonathan Adams, Jussi Hanska Copyright 2015
    344 Pages
    by Routledge

    344 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This book explores the complexity of preaching as a phenomenon in the medieval Jewish-Christian encounter. This was not only an "encounter" as physical meeting or confrontation (such as the forced attendance of Jews at Christian sermons that took place across Europe), but also an "imaginary" or theological encounter in which Jews remained a figure from a distant constructed time and place who served only to underline and verify Christian teachings. Contributors also explore the Jewish response to Christian anti-Jewish preaching in their own preaching and religious instruction.

    1. Introduction: The Jewish-Christian Encounter in Medieval Preaching  Jonathan Adams and Jussi Hanska  Part I: Regional Studies  2. Preaching and Jews in Late Antique and Visigothic Iberia  Raúl González Salinero  3. Sub Iudaica Infirmitate — "Under the Jewish Weakness": Jews in Medieval German Sermons  Regina D. Schiewer  4. Preaching About an Absent Minority: Medieval Danish Sermons and Jews  Jonathan Adams  Part II: Preachers and Occasions  5. "Our Sister Is Little and Has No Breasts": Mary and the Jews in the Sermons of Honorius Augustodunensis  Kati Ihnat  6. The Anti-Jewish Sermons of John of Capistrano: Matters and Context  Filippo Sedda  7. The Effects of Bernardino da Feltre’s Preaching on the Jews  Maria Giuseppina Muzzarelli  8. Sermons on the Tenth Sunday After Holy Trinity: Another Occasion for Anti-Jewish Preaching  Jussi Hanska  Part III: Symbols and Images  9. Beauty and the Bestiary: Animals, Wonder, and Polemic in Medieval Ashkenaz  David I. Shyovitz  10. The Origin of a Medieval Anti-Jewish Stereotype: The Jews as Receivers of Stolen Goods (Twelfth to Thirteenth Centuries)  Giacomo Todeschini  11. The Roles of Jews in the Florentine Sacre Rappresentazioni: Loyal Citizens, People to be Converted, Enemies of the Faith  Pietro Delcorno  12. Mendicants and Jews in Florence  Nirit Ben-Aryeh Debby  13. Preaching to the Jews in Early Modern Rome: Words and Images  Martine Boiteux


    Jonathan Adams is Reader and Academy Researcher for the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities in the Department of Scandinavian Languages, Uppsala University.

    Jussi Hanska is a lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Tampere.