Christian Attitudes Toward the Jews in the Middle Ages
Routledge – 2007 – 304 pages
Series: Routledge Medieval Casebooks
Drawing from an equally wide range of sources-sermons, polemical texts, theological treatises, hagiographical and devotional works, and histories-the volume demonstrates the emergence of a profoundly negative image of the Jews that established many of the stereotypes of classic Christian anti-Semitism. The volume, in particular, argues that the essential turning point in relations between Christians and Jews occurred in the eleventh century, especially the early eleventh century when the first wave of persecutions of the Jews took place.
Introduction Michael Frassetto 1. Conflicting Accounts: Negotiating a Jewish Space in Medieval Southern Italy, c.600-1150 C.E. Patricia Skinner 2. The Cross, the Jews, and the Destruction of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the Writings of Ademar of Chabannes Daniel Callahan 3. A Great Jewish Conspiracy? Worsening Jewish-Christian Relations and the Destruction of the Holy Sepulcher Phyllis G. Jestice 4. Heretics and Jews in the Early Eleventh Century: The Writings of Rodulfus Glaber and Ademar of Chabannes Michael Frassetto 5. Against the Enemies of Christ: The Role of Count Emicho in the Anti-Jewish Violence of the First Crusade Matthew Gabriele 6. Abelard and Heloise on Jews and hebraica veritas Constant Mews 7. Reason and Natural Law in the Disputational Writings of Peter Alfonsi, Peter Abelard, and Yehuda Halevi Alex Novikoff 8. The Jews in the Golden Legend Thomas Renna 9. Anti-Jewish Attitudes in Anglo-Norman Texts Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries Maureen Boulton 10. Henry II, William of Newburgh, and the Development of English Anti-Judaism John Hosler 11. Jewish Witness, Forced Conversion, and Island Living: John Duns Scotus on Jews and Judaism Nancy L. Turner
Michael Frassetto is Adjunct Instructor in the Department on History at the University of Delaware and Religion Editor of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. He has published seven books on medieval history and culture, including Medieval Germany: An Encyclopaedia (Garland Publishing, 2001) and Purity and Piety: Essays on Medieval Clerical Celibacy and Religious Reform (Garland Publishing, 1998).