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The Historicity of the Hebrew Narratives

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520221277.003.0009
The Historicity of the Hebrew Narratives

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This chapter addresses the issue of the historicity of the Hebrew First Crusade narratives. It has previously been noted that earlier generations of researchers hardly reflected on the historicity of the 1096 Hebrew narratives, since they assumed its facticity. The chapter examines two general issues, which are the date of composition of the narratives and the goals of the narrators. It then uses the technique of citing multiple testimonies as examples and compares them carefully. This is followed by a discussion on the distinction between the portrayal of the Christian majority and the depiction of the Jewish minority. The chapter includes sections on the crusade and the crusaders, the Jewish responses to the persecution by crusading bands in western Germany, and the portrayal of anti-Jewish violence.

Keywords: historicity; facticity; First Crusade narratives; multiple testimonies; Christian majority; Jewish minority; Jewish responses; persecution; anti-Jewish violence; crusade

Chapter.  6475 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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