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An Overview of the Ethnographic Writing 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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199756537.003.0006
An Overview of the Ethnographic Writing about the Jews

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This book sought to present the content and extract the meanings from the ethnographic accounts of Judaism from early modern Europe. In analyzing these texts, the book focused on several contexts: relations between Christians and Jews; the phenomenon of religious conversion; ethnographic writing in the early modern period; and Christian Hebraism. The shared emphasis on these topics has allowed for a better understanding of the corpus at hand. In the various chapters of this work, ideas have been raised and conclusions reached that touch upon manifold issues; but given the book's focus on three case studies, it was not always possible to “connect the dots.” This chapter attempts to weave together the ideas and arguments that were broached in the previous chapters and presents several general conclusions on the corpus at hand. It takes stock of the historical reality in which these works were produced to decipher the links between the texts' authors, the circumstances under which they labored, the genre's overall development, and the historical significance of these accounts.

Keywords: Judaism; ethnographic wriitng; Christianity,Christian Hebraism; early modern Europe

Chapter.  11465 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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