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AMONG THE NATIONS
Alexis P. Rubin, Editor
brings Jewish history vividly to life. It is a collection of important
historical documents, gathered together for the first time in one volume,
that have had a major impact on Jewish existence over the last two
Made up of Laws,
commentaries, letters, reports, and observations written by Christian
religious and secular leaders, these documents and the forces they put
into motion deal with the principal events and turning points in
post-biblical Jewish history. The book also contains Alexis Rubin's
extensive introductions and explanatory notes, which provide historical
context and illuminate content.
is both a Jewish history source book and a text. In addition, it focuses
on Christian-Jewish relations and the Jewish people's age-old struggle
for survival in the face of hatred and persecution. The documents trace
the evolving relationship between Christians and Jews from the Christian
viewpoint. Ms. Rubin's commentary emphasizes the effects of those
viewpoints and the conditions under which the Jewish people labored to
carve out their existence.
Included in Scattered
Among the Nations are documents that, for example, reveal early
Christian reactions to the death of Jesus, exhort the faithful to convert
Jews by force, falsely accuse Jews of ritual murder, restrict land
ownership and choice of occupation, forcibly lock Jews in ghettos, order
the wearing of special badges, expel Jews from their country of birth,
expose what culminated in the horror of the Holocaust, and chronicle the
post-Holocaust attempts by Christian churches to overcome the prejudice
of the past. Whether their effects were local, national, or
international, almost forgotten or well known, these are some of the
writings that have profoundly influenced Jewish history.
provides an unique text or resource for history,
religious studies, and Christian-Jewish relations courses; it also
belongs in college and public libraries where its lucid style and accessible
approach will attract both scholars and general readers.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published in 1993.
$34.50 (Cdn), $29.50 (US)
Alexis P. Rubin teaches Jewish history and
lives in Saratoga, California.
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Emerson Inc. - All rights reserved.