A Survey of the Ethnographic Accounts about the Jews

Yaacov Deutsch

in Judaism in Christian Eyes

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199756537
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950201 | DOI:
A Survey of the Ethnographic Accounts about the Jews

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Only from the outset of the 1500s did Christian authors systematically describe the customs and rituals of that era's Jews. The fruit of this early modern enterprise is over seventy-five works that shed light on the manner in which the Jews were perceived and portrayed by Christian writers. This chapter offers a detailed survey of the corpus in question and presents the guidelines used to determine which texts fall under this category. The chapter is organized as follows. The first part of this survey is an analysis of the corpus's works. It discusses the authors of these texts, including the central role that converts played in this extensive undertaking. It then proceeds to the works themselves and the manner in which the Jews are portrayed therein. This is followed by a discussion on the phenomenon's chronology, the length and content of the various works, and the circulation they merited.

Keywords: Christian writers; converts; circulation; Jews

Chapter.  14651 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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