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 xv plex of anti- Jewish prejudice which renders it different, in ex-pression and intensity, from other manifestations of racial or mi-nority antipathy— the demonological. Samuel’s insistence upon the “ unique demonological character among group hostilities” of antisemitism, upon its “ diabolisation of the Jew,” is startlingly apt and correct and basic. ( It was from him that I first heard the term “ demonic Jew,” long before I, and perhaps he too, was aware of its literal appropriateness.) Without my intending it so, this book has developed into a chapter- and- verse demonstration of the historic correctness of this thesis. In acknowledging with gratitude the interest and counsel of a number of friends, I must first offer my thanks to the audience which generously criticized the thesis when it was embodied in a paper presented before the Jewish Academy of Arts and Sci-ences in New York City in November, 1939. One highly respected reverend gentleman unwittingly encouraged me to continue my research with the contention that this is an inopportune time to revive the unpleasant memories stirred up by the subject matter. Why dig up all this muck at a time when antisemitism has at-tained such intensity? Just so! Could there be a better time? And it was Professor Morris R. Cohen’s suggestion that such a study is incomplete without an indication of origins and causes that produced the final section of this book. The first draft was read and criticized by Professors Salo W. Baron of Columbia University and Guido Kisch of the Jewish Institute of Religion, and by Dr. Solomon Grayzel of Philadel-phia, from whose generous advice I profited greatly. Indeed, it was at the instance of Professor Kisch that I continued the work, and with his graciously proffered assistance that I revised and expanded it to its present shape and size. I have also benefited from the criticism of Professor Roland H. Bainton of Yale Uni-versity, who read the manuscript before publication. Responsi-bility for the contents, of course, remains exclusively mine. I am grateful, too, to the libraries that took the trouble to store up the books without which this work could not have been ac-complished. Only one who has hunted in vain through card cata-   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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