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Regional Identities and Cultures of Medieval Jews$
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Javier Castaño, Talya Fishman, and Ephraim Kanarfogel

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764678

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764678.001.0001

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Mediterranean Regionalism in Hebrew Panegyric Poetry

Mediterranean Regionalism in Hebrew Panegyric Poetry

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(p.193) Chapter Nine Mediterranean Regionalism in Hebrew Panegyric Poetry
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Regional Identities and Cultures of Medieval Jews
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Jonathan Decter
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781906764678.003.0010

This chapter discusses the Hebrew panegyric corpus as a recognized, yet under-appreciated, resource for studying Jewish culture in the medieval Mediterranean. It considers the anathema to the tastes of scholars of Jewish literature and ungenerous source for scholars of Jewish history. It also describes Hebrew panegyrics that have largely been discounted as mere sycophantic dedications which occasionally yield titbits of factual data. The chapter looks at surviving Hebrew panegyrics that illuminate medieval Mediterranean Jews' most essential notions of group cohesion, human virtue, leadership, and politics. It includes Hebrew panegyrics that were composed for men who held transregional positions of power for their appointees and supporters in satellite communities.

Keywords:   Jewish culture, medieval Mediterranean, Hebrew panegyrics, transregional positions, satellite communities, Hebrew panegyric corpus, medieval Mediterranean Jews

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