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God, Humanity, and History

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/9780520221277.003.0011
God, Humanity, and History

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This chapter discusses the remarkable view of the interplay between God and humanity in shaping the course of history that is presented in the Jewish narratives. It notes that Jewish tradition had seen history as a result of the interaction of the human and the divine. It also states that the timeless objectives of the Hebrew First Crusade narratives were shaped by both Christian insistence that the 1096 catastrophe was a sign of divine rejection of the Jews and the normal human desire to restructure tragedy through understanding. The discussion in this chapter is focused on the Mainz Anonymous, although several striking and illustrative material from the Cologne unit and editorial views in the Solomon bar Nathan Chronicle and the Eliezer bar Nathan Chronicle are included.

Keywords: God; humanity; history; Jewish narratives; Jewish tradition; timeless objectives; First Crusade narratives

Chapter.  7891 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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