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.

FOREWORD Marc Saperstein T HE career of Joshua Trachtenberg reflected a pattern familiar in traditional European Jewish communities, but rather unusual in twentieth- century America. For almost thirty years, from his ordination at Hebrew Union Col-lege to his death at age fifty- five in 1959, he was a full- time congregational rabbi, first in Easton, Pennsylvania, and then in Teaneck, New Jersey. He was active in Jewish communal affairs as a leader of American Labor Zionism and as associate editor of The Reconstructionist magazine. Yet despite a visual impair-ment that made sustained research difficult, he produced two major scholarly works, the importance and value of which have not diminished despite the passage of more than forty years since their first appearance. These two books— Jewish Magic and Superstition ( 1939) and The Devil and the Jews ( 1943)— share several common features. Both focus on the period from the eleventh through the six-teenth centuries. Both are concerned with popular religion, con-centrating less on official proclamations and authoritative writ-ings of the religious establishment than on sources that illumine the beliefs, attitudes, and assumptions of the masses. Both books achieve an unusual balance of thoroughness and intelligibility, scholarly precision and felicitous expression. Substantively also, the point of contact is clear. Trachtenberg’s thesis is articulated in the brief opening chapter of Jewish Magic and Superstition, which appears in retrospect as a concise adum-bration of The Devil and the Jews. One of the most powerful motifs in the popular conception of the Jew throughout the Middle Ages and into early modern times was the image of the Jew as sorcerer and magician. This conception, undergirding 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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