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The Historical Writings of Joseph of Rosheim: Leader of by Chava Fraenke-Goldschmidt, Adam Shear, Naomi Schendowich

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By Chava Fraenke-Goldschmidt, Adam Shear, Naomi Schendowich

Now in English translation, this severe version of historic writings by way of Joseph of Rosheim, sixteenth-century chief of German Jewry, presents vital information regarding the location of the Jews within the early sleek Holy Roman Empire in addition to attention-grabbing insights into Christian-Jewish kin within the Reformation interval.

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31 And it is true that the cities which during his lifetime did all that was in their power to have the Jews expelled or prevent their admittance were almost all Protestant. At that time, the Protestants, whose theology was still in a state of flux, frequently debated the question of whether to tolerate the Jews in their territories. The rulers of Protestant lands had a particular problem; according to Luther’s doctrine, the ruler was also the supreme religious authority over his subjects, and the presence of unbelievers was a stain on their religious enterprise.

Wenniger, Man bedarf keiner Juden mehr. Ursachen und Hintergründe ihrer Vertreibung aus den deutschen Reichstädten im 15. Jahrhundert, Vienna-Cologne-Graz 1981; R. Straus, Die Judengemeinde Regensburg im ausgehenden Mittelalter, Heidelberg 1932. Straus lays particular stress on the economic factor, and there was a lively debate on the subject when his book was published. See Y. Baer’s critique in Kiryat Sefer, 12 (1936), pp. 461–67, and H. H. Ben-Sasson’s review of Straus, Urkunden und Aktenstücke zur Geschichte der Juden in Regensburg: “Sefer ve-Naftulei Mazalo—Tiud Goralo shel Regensburg be-Shilhei Yemei ha-Beinayim” (A Documentary Record of Regensburg at the end of the Middle Ages by Raphael Straus—The Trials and Tribulations of a Book), Tarbiz, 34 (1964), pp.

46 For a discussion of this subject, see below in the introduction to section 15 of the Chronicle, p. 180 and note 363 there. 24 r. joseph’s defence of jewish interests made. This was contrary to the regular law of the land, which in such a case required the return of the article without any compensation. This dispensation was apparently accorded to Jews and Lombards because they made their living by trading and moneylending. Had it not been for this privilege, they would have been hard pressed to pursue their livelihood in the lawless climate of those times.

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