The Devil and the Jews: The...

The medieval conception of the Jew as devil literally and figuratively is the subject of this classic work, first issued in 1943. The full dimension of the diabolization of the Jew is presented through document, analysis, and illustration. It is a chilling study but an exceedingly important one.

x The Devil and the Jews selection of evidence to illustrate the link between “ the Devil and the Jew” in the popular Christian mind necessarily over-looks other data in which this conjunction does not appear. Trachtenberg’s work therefore prompts the historian to further investigation— to want to know more about day- to- day contacts between ordinary Christians and ordinary Jews in various coun-tries at different times, and whether such contacts generally re-flect the vast and abysmal hatred that Trachtenberg found in his sources. What conception of Jews was held by kings and nobles, by merchants and intellectuals? What are we to make of texts in which Jews are portrayed in neutral or even in positive terms? By what criteria can we differentiate between those sources in which anti- Jewish slurs reflect actual social tension, and those in which they are frozen, conventional stereotypes largely unrelated to the contemporary reality? And in order to evaluate this material properly, it would be important to know more about the medieval Jewish conception of the Christian. A few pious platitudes— such as, “ the righteous of all nations have a share in the world to come”— will not suffice, nor should all expressions of hostility be dismissed as an under-standable reaction to persecution. Kabbalah, for instance, devel-oped a “ demonic conception of the Gentile,” including Chris-tians, and this, too, needs to be studied and assessed in a context free from apologetics. Perhaps the most explosive question concerns the responsibil-ity of the Christian Church for the attitudes and teachings that the book documents. The anti- Jewish sentiments recorded by Trachtenberg were not simply the work of fanatical eccentrics. Men like St. Chrysostom, Peter the Venerable, and Martin Luther, all prominent disseminators of anti- Jewish libels, were among the giants of Christian spirituality in their time. Yet Trachtenberg properly indicates that there was a gulf between the “ official policy of the Church and the realistic policy of its adherents” ( p. 176), that the popes consistently and unambigu-ously repudiated the ritual murder charge ( p. 134), that “ the Church officially recognized the right of the Jewish community   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C  | I n d e x For use on stand- alone, non- institutional computers only. To purchase Scholar PDF version with advanced functionality, go to www. publishersrow. com

The Devil and the Jews: The Medieval Conception of the Jew and Its Relation to Modern Anti-Semitism


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FRONT MATTERTitle PageCopyright PageCONTENTS ILLUSTRATIONS FOREWORD. Marc SapersteinPREFACEINTRODUCTION. MEDIEVAL SUPERSTITION AND MODERN ANTISEMITISMPART ONE. THE DEMONIC JEW PART TWO. THE JEW AS SORCERER PART THREE. THE JEW AS HERETIC EPILOGUE. STILL THE DEVIL'S OWNNOTES EPILOGUE. STILL THE DEVIL'S OWN BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX
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