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Our knowing of either Jewish historical past and the heritage of Western civilization is deepened through this finely balanced account of Christian missionizing one of the Jews. Arguing that till the 13th century Western Christendom confirmed little severe dedication to changing the Jews, Robert Chazan proceeds to aspect the distinctive conditions of that severe century in eu background. The Roman Catholic Church, characterised at the moment by means of a extraordinary mix of energy and self belief at the one hand and deep-seated insecurities at the different, launched into its first lively crusade to transform the Jews in major numbers.

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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