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Faithful NarrativesHistorians, Religion, and the Challenge of Objectivity$
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Andrea Sterk and Nina Caputo

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451829

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451829.001.0001

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The Jewish Book in Christian Europe

The Jewish Book in Christian Europe

Material Texts and Religious Encounters

(p.96) Chapter 6 The Jewish Book in Christian Europe
Faithful Narratives

Anthony Grafton

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses how European Christians confronted and tried to make sense of many different religions, particularly Judaism. Jews lived inside and outside the Christian world. They apparently possessed significant knowledge about part of the Christian Bible, and they practiced their “distasteful” rites in Christian cities as violent opponents of Christianity. Two great fifteenth-century events—the introduction of printing to the West and the expulsion of Jews from Iberia—sent both Jewish texts and Jews moving across Europe. By examining a limited number of Christian thinkers who were deeply interested in Jewish thought and life, the chapter recognizes the complexities and ironies of a vital episode in the history of both Jewish and Christian religion and culture.

Keywords:   European Christians, Judaism, Jews, Christian Bible, Jewish rites, Iberia, Christian thinkers

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