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Leadership and Conflict: Tensions in Medieval and Early Modern Jewish History and Culture

Marc Saperstein


This book offers a multifaceted analysis of how Jewish leaders in medieval and early modern times responded to the challenges presented by a changing world. Based largely on the study of sermons and response, the book reveals how they handled intellectual, social, and political diversity and conflict. As medieval Jews were exposed to new philosophical ideas, many began to question and challenge rabbinical leadership. The book explores the process by which these ideas became more accessible, the doubts that consequently arose regarding certain biblical and rabbinic texts, and the attempt by som ... More

Keywords: Jewish leaders, medieval Jews, Jewish law, Jewish tradition, traditional Jewish life, Jewish society, Holy Land, exile

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781906764494
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781906764494.001.0001


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Marc Saperstein, author

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Part I Two Modes of Rabbinic Leadership

Part II Intellectual Challenge and Conflict

Part III Leaders Facing Communities in Upheaval

Part IV Conflicting Attitudes Towards Exile, the Land, and the Messiah