Barbarians and Jews

Jews and Judaism in the Early Medieval West

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Yitzhak Hen, Thomas F.X. Noble
  • Turnhot, Belgium: 
    Brepols Publishers
    , December
     350 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Scott G. Bruce forthcoming.


The essays in this volume attempt to re-evaluate, understand and explain various aspects of Jewish history within the broader historical context of the post-Roman Barbarian world.  They address a wide variety of topics, sources, and geographies, and together they provide a nuanced and more balanced history of the Jews in the early medieval West. Although written independently of one another by some of the most prominent historians of Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages, the various essays collected here reveal a remarkable tension between the ‘imaginary’ (or ‘hermeneutical’) Jew and the ‘real’ one. As this volume demonstrates, Augustine’s positive theological understanding of Jews and Judaism was often overshadowed by anti-Jewish sentiments, and consequently anti-Jewish invective remained the drive wheel of Christian theology, especially in the context of debates and polemics among the Christians themselves.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Yitzhak Hen is Professor of Late Antique and Early Medieval History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Director of the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies (IIAS).

Thomas F.X. Noble is Andrew V. Tackes Professor Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame.

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