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.

PREFACE N OT so very long ago Archibald MacLeish bitterly castigated the “ Irresponsibles” who in our time elect the safe seclusion of “ pure” scholarship or art and either disdain or fear to descend into the heart of the conflict. Cer-tainly, at a time when the world is tortured with bloodshed and tyranny, when our culture and perhaps civilization itself are in jeopardy and men by the millions pit their lives to preserve them, I cannot escape a self- conscious twinge of guilt to be caught rummaging in musty medieval texts. If the pen is a weapon, ought I not be wielding mine, feeble though it be, in the thick of the battle? Yet even medieval texts have a pertinency for today— and what has been brought between the covers of this book is not without meaning for our world. There is an abiding value in the discov-ery and statement of the truth; surely this is the greatest of all the principles for which we fight. Even a world in turmoil needs the truth— perhaps such a world especially. The problem that is treated here has become one of increasing importance to the peace of the world. To elucidate its background is to render it the better understood, and thus perhaps to move it a step nearer solution. I am under no illusion as to the immediate practical utility of such an investigation. But at least for the record, and for those who cherish truth above fancy, the story is here. I undertook this work with no preconceived notions. Indeed, when I started it I had no idea it would lead in this direction. This book is an outgrowth of my earlier book, Jewish Magic and Superstition, in particular of its first chapter. It was my aim to examine more thoroughly than I had been able to the accusation of sorcery against the Jew. But before long I realized that the subject had far deeper implications, that it involved, in fact, not alone this one charge but the entire medieval conception of the   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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