The Hebrew First Crusade Narratives: Time-Bound Objectives

Robert Chazan

in God, Humanity, and History

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780520221277
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923959 | DOI:
The Hebrew First Crusade Narratives: Time-Bound Objectives

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This chapter studies the Hebrew prose narratives that were written shortly after the calamity of 1096. These prose narratives were meant to address both time-bound and timeless concerns at the same time. It also shows that the authors of these narratives believed that prose could be effectively used to build an explanatory rationale for the events. A close analysis of the Hebrew prose narratives reveals that the traditional emphasis placed on these three narratives as three related compositions is of limited utility. The chapter also considers the issues of theodicy and historiographic assumptions that concern God, humanity, and history.

Keywords: Hebrew; prose narratives; 1096 calamity; theodicy; historiographic assumptions; humanity; God; history

Chapter.  5063 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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