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Author: Jacob Katz
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Publisher: Praeger; New edition edition (June 20, 1980)
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Exclusiveness and Tolerance: Studies in Jewish-Gentile Relations in Medieval and Modern Times (Scripta Judaica) by Jacob Katz



In this slender but dense book, Jacob Katz explains why. He begins by sketching out what Jewish law has to say about relations with non-Jews. It was against such relations. Not having anything to do with idolaters was fine in ancient Babylonia or ancient Palestine, where there were so many Jews, but it wasn't practical in medieval Europe, where the Jews were a small minority. So, Jewish legal scholars had to completely reinterpret the law on this point.

Personal Name: Katz, Jacob, 1904-1998. Publication, Distribution, et. New York, . Behrman House, (c)1961. Originally published: London : Oxford University Press, 1961. Scripta Judaica ; 3). General Note: Includes index. Download book Exclusiveness and tolerance : studies in Jewish-Gentile relations in medieval and modern times, by Jacob Katz.

Start by marking Exclusiveness and Tolerance: Studies in Jewish-Gentile Relations in Medieval and Modern Times as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. There are immediate problems with Katz' line of argumentation. The usual trend nowadays, especially in Jewish-Ukrainian dialogue, is to blame Polish landlords for the Khmelnitsky Uprising and the massive pogroms that followed. In contrast, Katz implicitly acknowledges that the Jews were also partly at fault.

Series: Scripta Judaica (3). Members. NO OF PAGES: 200 SUB CAT I: Jewish - Christian Relations SUB CAT II: SUB CAT III: DESCRIPTION: This book is broken into three parts: Part 1 - The Problem and its Terms of Reference, Part 2 - Some Types and Attitudes in Medieval Times, and Part 3 - From Exclusiveness to Tolerance. NOTES: SUBTITLE: Studies in Jewish-Gentile Relations in Medieval & Modern Times.

Home Browse Books Book details, Exclusiveness and Tolerance: Studies i. .Exclusiveness and Tolerance: Studies in Jewish-Gentile Relations in Medieval and Modern Times. The decision to write it in its present form, and to publish it first in English, was made during my stay in Manchester at the Institute of Jewish Studies where I served as guest lecturer during the academic year 1956-7. The general conception of the work, as well as the working out of details, profited from my close contact with Professor A. Altmann, the then Director of the Institute. After the transfer of the Institute to University College London, Mr. J. G. Weiss, . the new Director of the Institute, bestowed upon the book the benefit of his unremitting scrutiny.

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Stern repeats the argument, based on Jacob Katz and his book, Exclusiveness and Tolerance: Studies in Jewish-Gentile Relations in Medieval and Modern Times (Scripta Judaica, 3), that medieval Talmudic scholars had ruled that the negative portrayals of non-Jews pertained only to the pagans of Antiquity. They are no longer binding. p. 5). The torah once offered to non-jews? How did Jews become the Chosen People in the first place? Stern cites Israeli scholar Joseph Heinemann.

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More about the author(s): Jacob Katz was born in 1904. Tradition and crisis. Download more by: Jacob Katz. Find and Load Ebook Exclusiveness and tolerance.

The author discusses the changes of attitude on the part of the Jews toward their non-Jewish environment from the middle ages to the Enlightenment. Most of the material has been drawn from the province of Ashkenazi Jewry-- the Jews of Germany and eastern Europe.

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Lightbinder
When thinking about interfaith relations in Europe in the Middle Ages, we almost always think about Christians not tolerating Jews. There is no doubt that medieval Christians didn't like Jews much and persecuted them. What's not often discussed is that medieval Jews didn't like Christians either. However, by the early 1800s, Jews tolerated Christians, and in some cases, they really liked them and emulated them.

In this slender but dense book, Jacob Katz explains why.

He begins by sketching out what Jewish law has to say about relations with non-Jews. (It was against such relations.) Not having anything to do with idolaters was fine in ancient Babylonia or ancient Palestine, where there were so many Jews, but it wasn't practical in medieval Europe, where the Jews were a small minority. So, Jewish legal scholars had to completely reinterpret the law on this point. Plus, when Christians confronted Jews with their anti-Christian theology (at disputations), the Jews had to come up with explanations for why many Talmudic concepts did not apply in medieval Europe. (I won't give away what they said.) Soon, the Jews began to believe their own rationalizations and actually did become more tolerant of Christians. Early modern ghettoization was accepted or even embraced by Jews, as it gave them their own space and reduced overt competition with Christian neighbors. Eventually, universalistic Enlightenment ideas influenced Jewish thinkers and Jewish thought on who would be "saved." The end result: more toleration and even overt acceptance of Christians and Christianity.

This book is an intellectual tour-de-force, but I give it 4 stars rather than 5 because it is not an easy read for someone unfamiliar with Jewish theology and history of religion. Most readers will find themselves looking up a lot of terms, from Aggadah to Zohar.
Duktilar
Before reading this book, I'd had a much more black-and-white (sc., mostly black) impression of Jewish life in medieval and early modern Europe. This cogently-writtten volume presents a much more nuanced picture. Ghetto walls were an injustice, but also a refuge for many Jews from the tense environment around them. Oddly enough, this circumstance contributed to the relatively large number of conversions to Christianity in the liberal West after the Napoleonic liberations (in contrast to the shtetl Jews in Poland and Russia, who lived side-by-side with Gentile neighbors). Katz's discussions of of Jewish martyrs during the First Crusade and the flexibility of rabbinic responsa, among other topics, are also quite fascinating.