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Medieval Jews and the Christian Past: Jewish Historical Consciousness in Spain and Southern France

Ram Ben-Shalom


The focus in this book is on the historical consciousness of the Jews of Spain and southern France in the late Middle Ages, and specifically on their perceptions of Christianity and Christian history and culture. The book shows that in these southern European lands Jews experienced a relatively open society that was sensitive to and knowledgeable about voices from other cultures, and that this had significant consequences for shaping Jewish historical consciousness. Among the topics discussed are what Jews knew of the significance of Rome, of Jesus and the early days of Christianity, of Church ... More

Keywords: medieval Jewry, Jews, Spain, southern France, Christianity, Jewish historical consciousness, Christian society, Jewish thought, Jewish–Christian relations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781904113904
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781904113904.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ram Ben-Shalom, author