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Medieval Jewish Civilization: An Encyclopedia (Norman Roth) Hardcover Book, (Routledge, 2002) 9780415937122


Title: Medieval Jewish Civilization: An Encyclopedia

Author: Roth, Norman

Additional Authors or Contributors: (ed)

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 2002

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780415937122

Volumes: 1; Pages: 752

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Based on the research of an international, multidisciplinary team of specialist contributors, this groundbreaking reference work features over 150 A-Z entries on Jewish civilization between the fall of the Western Roman Empire (476 C.E.) and the discovery of the New World in 1492.

Not limited to any single aspect of the Jewish experience, many entries cover topics that were left unexplored in previous Judaic or medieval reference works. The array of articles encompasses such diverse issues as biblical commentary and translations of texts; the Judaic contribution to art, literature, philosophy, science, medicine, and music; the impact of key historical events; Jewish-Christian relations; Jewish communities in individual cities and countries from England to Palestine; marriage and family life; relations with Muslims in various periods and regions; and individuals who had an impact on Jewish history.

In addition, Medieval Jewish Civilization offers readers a variety of useful reference tools, including suggestions for further reading at the end of each article, cross-references, a comprehensive analytical index, glossary, and a selection of black-and-white illustrations from manuscripts, woodcuts, and other contemporary sources.

This unique and comprehensive resource is designed for a wide readership to provide all libraries with an authoritative, yet accessible compendium of information on the vibrant and resilient culture of medieval Jews. Medieval Jewish Civilization will enrich the studies of students at secondary schools as well as at colleges and universities, and is at the same time a browse and a valuable reference for interested general readers.

"A unique addition to reference shelves, providing a focus on the Medieval period and contemporary scholarly positions not found in a standard reference work. ... Useful to a diverse audience. Recommended for academic libraries."--Booklist/RBB, April 15, 2003

"Entries offer a sensible arrangement and a broad scope. One of the books greatest assets is its thematic list of entries, which classes entries in context. ... The glossary and index at the end are also useful. ... Recommended. University libraries."--Choice, April 2003

"Informed lay readers and college students will find it especially helpful, as the articles are clear, easy to read, and well summarized. ... Highly recommended for libraries with larger history or Judaic collections."--Library Journal

Table of Contents

Entries include: Abelard * Bible Translations * Black Death * Canon Law, Jews in * Conversion * Education * Expulsion France * Fernando and Isabel * Gambling * Gerundi, Jonah * Hebrew Language * Heresy * Isaac Ibn Ezra * Islam and the Jews * Maimonides * Minters of Coins, Jews as * Mysticism * Poetry, Hebrew * Qaraites * "Rashi" * Talmud * Visigoths and Jews * and many more.
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