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Ram Ben-Shalom

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113904

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113904.001.0001

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History of the Church

History of the Church

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(p.148) Chapter Four History of the Church
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Medieval Jews and the Christian Past
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Ram Ben-Shalom

, Chaya Naor
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781904113904.003.0005

This chapter focuses on stories of saints and popes as presented by Jews. In the Middle Ages, the Church had a significant place in Jewish life. The fragile coexistence of Jews and Christians was based on the Augustinian idea of ‘tolerance’, which left room for Jews in the Christian world. Hence, Jewish comments and observations, based on a large and varied number of Christian sources, provide a lot of information about the Church's impact on the Jews' historical consciousness. A considerable portion of the historical information about the Church was acquired from Christian exempla and hagiography, and it is interesting that Jews often used this material in their own exempla.

Keywords:   Christian Church, Church history, Jewish-Christian coexistence, saints, popes, Christian exempla, Christian hagiography

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