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Final Judgement and the Dead in Medieval Jewish Thought

Susan Weissman


Through a detailed analysis of ghost tales in the Ashkenazi pietistic work Sefer ḥasidim, this book documents a major transformation in Jewish attitudes and practices regarding the dead and the afterlife that took place between the rabbinic period and medieval times. The book reveals that a huge influx of Germano-Christian beliefs, customs, and fears relating to the dead and the afterlife seeped into medieval Ashkenazi society among both elite and popular groups. In matters of sin, penance, and posthumous punishment, the infiltration of Christian notions was so strong as to effect a radical de ... More

Keywords: Sefer ḥasidim, Jewish afterlife, Germano-Christian beliefs, customs, medieval Ashkenazi society, sin, penance, posthumous punishment, medieval Christendom, monastic ideals

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781906764975
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781906764975.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Weissman, author
Lander College for Women