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Author Elukin, Jonathan
Title Living Together, Living Apart : Rethinking Jewish-Christian Relations in the Middle Ages
Imprint Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2007
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Series Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the Ancient to the Modern World Ser. ; v.31
Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the Ancient to the Modern World Ser
Note Intro -- Table of Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Chapter One From Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages -- Chapter Two From the Carolingians to the Twelfth Century -- Chapter Three Cultural Integration in the High Middle Ages -- Chapter Four Social Integration -- Chapter Five Violence -- Chapter Six Expulsion and Continuity -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Bibliography
This book challenges the standard conception of the Middle Ages as a time of persecution for Jews. Jonathan Elukin traces the experience of Jews in Europe from late antiquity through the Renaissance and Reformation, revealing how the pluralism of medieval society allowed Jews to feel part of their local communities despite recurrent expressions of hatred against them.Elukin shows that Jews and Christians coexisted more or less peacefully for much of the Middle Ages, and that the violence directed at Jews was largely isolated and did not undermine their participation in the daily rhythms of European society. The extraordinary picture that emerges is one of Jews living comfortably among their Christian neighbors, working with Christians, and occasionally cultivating lasting friendships even as Christian culture often demonized Jews.As Elukin makes clear, the expulsions of Jews from England, France, Spain, and elsewhere were not the inevitable culmination of persecution, but arose from the religious and political expediencies of particular rulers. He demonstrates that the history of successful Jewish-Christian interaction in the Middle Ages in fact laid the social foundations that gave rise to the Jewish communities of modern Europe.Elukin compels us to rethink our assumptions about this fascinating period in history, offering us a new lens through which to appreciate the rich complexities of the Jewish experience in medieval Christendom
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Elukin, Jonathan Living Together, Living Apart : Rethinking Jewish-Christian Relations in the Middle Ages Princeton : Princeton University Press,c2007 9780691114873
Subject Christianity and other religions -- Judaism.;Judaism -- Relations -- Christianity.;Jews -- Europe -- History -- To 1500.;Social integration -- Europe.;Jews -- Persecutions -- Europe.;Europe -- Ethnic relations
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