Chazan examines the recent missionizing undertaking in its formative phases, approximately from 1240 to 1280, and analyzes Christian efforts to persuade Jews of the reality of Christianity and, even as, of the nullity of the Jewish spiritual culture. at the very least as fascinating is his research of the Jewish traces of reaction. those ranged from the postures followed in public debate to the reassurances penned by means of Jewish leaders for the eyes and ears in their fans merely. even if few Jews have been switched over via the 1st wave of this new missionizing thrust, it ranked excessive one of the advancements that at last sapped the energy of past due medieval eu Jewry.
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