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Jacob's ShipwreckDiaspora, Translation, and Jewish-Christian Relations in Medieval England$
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Ruth Nisse

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501703072

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501703072.001.0001

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Jacob's Shipwreck

Ruth Nisse

Cornell University Press

This book examines how Jews and Christians in medieval England articulated their theological and temporal differences through the translation, rewriting, and circulation of ancient noncanonical or classical texts. Drawing on the themes of language, translation, and transmission, it considers how certain texts defined as “external,” “apocryphal,” or outside these two categories demonstrate the Jewish–Christian relations, and more specifically their conflict over temporality and narrative—how to interpret the past and future. The book analyzes a variety of ancient texts, including Berekhiah ha-Nakdan's translations, the Latin Joseph and Aseneth, Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs, and a constellation of texts that establish the terms of Jewish Diaspora through competing claims to Flavius Josephus's Greek historical works and to their Jewish counterparts.

Keywords:   translation, Jews, Christians, medieval England, Jewish–Christian relations, ancient texts, Berekhiah ha-Nakdan, Joseph and Aseneth, Diaspora, Josephus

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