The Jews in Western Europe 1400-1600 (Manchester Medieval by John Edwards

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By John Edwards

This paintings lines the event of Jews in Europe through the very important and turbulent interval from 1400-1600. As eu politics, society, economic system and faith underwent epoch-making alterations, the therapy of Europe's Jews via the non-Jewish majority was once, then as in later sessions, a symptom of social difficulties and tensions within the Continent as an entire. via a broad-ranging choice of records, this e-book units out to offer a bright photograph of the Jewish presence in ecu existence. matters lined comprise the Jews' personal fiscal presence and tradition, social kinfolk among Jews and Christians, in addition to the rules and activities of Christian specialists in Church and nation. the writer additionally attracts upon unique resource fabric to express well known Christian prejudices approximately Jews, together with myths approximately Jewish "devilishness", money-grabbing and "ritual homicide" of Christian youngsters. This quantity goals to supply a coherent operating selection of texts for teachers, academics and scholars who desire to comprehend the event of Jewish Europeans during this interval. complete introductory and explanatory fabric additionally makes accesible the historic context of the topic and highlights the insights provided through the records, in addition to the pitfalls to be refrained from during this region of ancient enquiry.

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And he swore that he had not carried out any other ‘ceremonies’. e. those killed by Christians], and ordered that they should be brought to him alive, and he had the throats of the meat he intended to eat slit with [Jewish] ceremony. All of which, that is, his simulated and deceiving confession, having been carefully examined by your reverences, appears to be deceiving, and not [made] with a pure heart, by a man who is so suspect. Also, he constantly conversed and dealt with Jews, and with other people And also, he ate meat during Lent, even though he was not ill, and this in the houses of Jews, [the meat] having been killed with [Jewish] ceremony.

5) In [the Talmudic Law] it is found, among other absurdities, that the said doctors and scribes are superior to the prophets. D. 70], the gift of prophecy has been taken away from the prophets and given to the doctors [rabbis]. Objection: Is not the rabbi himself a prophet? [Answer]: Yes, but because this gift has been taken away from the prophets, it has not been given to the rabbis. [Rabbi] Amemar says: The rabbi is superior to the prophet. JEWS AND THE CHURCH 31 (6) And they say [the rabbis] could overturn the Law [of Moses].

In this case, the inquisitor does not have to intervene, because it is not in his jurisdiction. It happens that Jews are condemned to death and killed when they are struggling against the Christian faith. This happens when they resist 38 JEWS IN WESTERN EUROPE JEWS AND THE CHURCH 39 the conversion of one of their own to Christianity, threatening him with stoning [for blasphemy] or actually stoning him. Jews guilty of this offence will be burnt and none of those who take part in such an act should escape the fire.

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