Comparative Dimensions: The 1096 Narratives and Their Medieval Setting

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:
Comparative Dimensions: The 1096 Narratives and Their Medieval Setting

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This chapter compares the Hebrew First Crusade narratives with biblical and rabbinic prototypes. It examines several medieval narratives for possible parallels in historiographic style and conceptualization. It studies the two major historical works that were given by Byzantine Jewry, which are the Sefer Yosippon and the Megillat Ahimaάz. The former is a tenth-century survey of Jewish history, while the latter is a family chronicle that traces developments in Byzantine Jewry from the middle of the ninth century down to the mid-eleventh century. A section on the Latin First Crusade Chronicles is included.

Keywords: medieval narratives; historiographic style; Byzantine Jewry; Sefer Yosippon; Megillat Ahimaάz; Latin First Crusade Chronicles

Chapter.  8606 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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