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Revealing the secrets of the Jews : Johannes Pfefferkorn and Christian writings about Jewish life and literature in early modern Europe / edited by Jonathan Adams and Cordelia HeB.

Other author/creatorAdams, Jonathan, 1971 December 19-
Other author/creatorHess, Cordelia.
Format Electronic and Book
Publication InfoBerlin ; Boston : de Gruyter, [2017]
Descriptionxvii, 325 pages ; 24 cm
Supplemental Content Full text available from Ebook Central - Academic Complete
Abstract "This book presents the most recent scholarship on the sixteenth-century convert Johannes Pfefferkorn and his context. Pfefferkorn is the most (in)famous of the converts from Judaism who wrote descriptions of Jewish ceremonial life and shaped both Christian ideas about Judaism and the course of anti-Jewish polemics in the early modern period. Rather than just rehearsing the better-known aspects of Pfefferkorn's life and the controversy with Johannes Reuchlin, this volume re-evaluates the motives behind his activities and writings as well as his role and success in the context of Dominican anti-Jewish polemics and Imperial German politics. Furthermore, it discusses other converts, who similarly "revealed the secrets of the Jews", and contains detailed studies of the campaigns against the Talmud and other Jewish books as well as the diffusion of Pfefferkorn's books and other anti-Jewish writings throughout early modern Europe. Revealing the Secrets of the Jews thus presents new perspectives on Jewish-Christian relations, the study of religion and Christian Hebraism, and the history of anthropology and ethnography"-- Provided by publisher.
Abstract "In this volume, scholars of history, literature, art and theology re-evaluate the context and significance of polemical and ethnographic literature about Jews by Johannes Pfefferkorn and other converts. The volume presents new perspectives on the life and works of Pfefferkorn, the sixteenth-century debate about Jewish books, the sources for anti-Jewish writing, and the interconnection between early modern ethnography and anti-Jewish polemics"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 301-318) and index
Access restrictionAvailable only to authorized users.
Technical detailsMode of access: World Wide Web
Genre/formElectronic books.
LCCN 2017016430
ISBN9783110522549 (hardback)

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