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Jacob's Shipwreck – Diaspora, Translation, and Jewish-Christian Relations in Medieval England - Cornell Scholarship Online
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Jacob's Shipwreck: Diaspora, Translation, and Jewish-Christian Relations in Medieval England

Ruth Nisse


Jewish and Christian authors of the High Middle Ages not infrequently came into dialogue or conflict with each other over traditions drawn from ancient writings outside of the bible. Circulating in Hebrew and Latin translations, these included the two independent versions of the Testament of Naphtali in which the patriarch has a vision of the Diaspora, a shipwreck that scatters the twelve tribes. The Christian narrative is linear and ends in salvation; the Jewish narrative is circular and pessimistic. This book regards this as an emblematic text that illuminates relationships between interpret ... More

Keywords: translation, High Middle Ages, interpretation, survival, noncanonical text, Jews, Christians, Jewish authors, Christian authors

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781501703072
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501703072.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ruth Nisse, author
Wesleyan University