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Christian Conceptions of Jewish Books: The Pfefferkorn Affair Avner Shamir

Christian Conceptions of Jewish Books: The Pfefferkorn Affair

Avner Shamir

Published March 19th 2011
ISBN : 9788763507721
Paperback
130 pages
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This book explores the conflicting perceptions that Christians held of the meaning and significance of Jewish books at the beginning of the 16th century - a time when, following their general expulsion from many countries and territories, there wereMoreThis book explores the conflicting perceptions that Christians held of the meaning and significance of Jewish books at the beginning of the 16th century - a time when, following their general expulsion from many countries and territories, there were fewer Jews in western and central Europe than in the previous thousand years. The book tells the story of the so-called Pfefferkorn affair: a tenacious campaign led by the German Johann Pfefferkorn - previously a Jew and converted to Christianity - to confiscate and burn all Jewish post-biblical literature in the Holy Roman Empire in the years 1509-1510. The author follows the fate of the confiscated books and their examination by a commission of experts, exploring how Christians perceived Jewish scholarship and knowledge and the consequences of those perceptions.