Beyond Expulsion: Jews, Christians, and Reformation Strasbourg

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Stanford University Press, Jul 26, 2011 - History - 272 pages
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Beyond Expulsion is a history of Jewish-Christian interactions in early modern Strasbourg, a city from which the Jews had been expelled and banned from residence in the late fourteenth century. This study shows that the Jews who remained in the Alsatian countryside continued to maintain relationships with the city and its residents in the ensuing period. During most of the sixteenth century, Jews entered Strasbourg on a daily basis, where they participated in the city's markets, litigated in its courts, and shared their knowledge of Hebrew and Judaica with Protestant Reformers. By the end of the sixteenth century, Strasbourg became an increasingly orthodox Lutheran city, and city magistrates and religious leaders sought to curtail contact between Jews and Christians. This book unearths the active Jewish participation in early modern society, traces the impact of the Reformation on local Jews, discusses the meaning of tolerance, and describes the shifting boundaries that divided Jewish and Christian communities.

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Strasbourg and
Social Interactions in the Countryside
The Jews
SelfTexts the Reformation
Becoming French Alsatian Jews in the Wake

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Debra Kaplan is Dr. Pinkhos Churgin Memorial Assistant Professor at Yeshiva University.

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