The Hebrew First Crusade Narratives: The Timeless

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: The Timeless

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This chapter discusses the challenge that is posed by the Christian explanation for the 1096 catastrophe and looks at the timeless message that is addressed to a divine auditor. It indicates how this explanation served to limit the range of explanatory models that might be invoked by Jewish observers. The discussion also studies the various explanatory patterns that were advanced by individual Jewish narrators. The chapter also investigates the bold conceptions of God, humanity, and history that are embedded in the 1096 Hebrew narratives.

Keywords: Christian explanation; 1096 catastrophe; timeless message; divine auditor; explanatory models; explanatory patterns; Jewish narrators; 1096 Hebrew narratives

Chapter.  6914 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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