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By Dean Phillip Bell

ISBN-10: 075465897X

ISBN-13: 9780754658979

ISBN-10: 0754684350

ISBN-13: 9780754684350

Even supposing Jews in early glossy Germany produced little within the manner of formal historiography, Jews however engaged the earlier for plenty of purposes and in quite a few and miraculous methods. They narrated the earlier with a purpose to implement order, empower authority, and list the traditions in their groups. during this approach, Jews created group constitution and projected that constitution into the long run. yet Jews extensively utilized the prior as a way to contest the marginalization threatened by way of broader advancements within the Christian society within which they lived. because the Reformation threw into aid severe questions about authority and culture and as Jews persevered to be afflicted by anti-Jewish mentality and politics, narration of the previous allowed Jews to re-inscribe themselves in background and modern society.Drawing on quite a lot of assets, together with chronicles, liturgical works, books of customs, memorybooks, biblical commentaries, rabbinic responsa and neighborhood ledgers, this examine deals a well timed reassessment of Jewish group and identification in the course of an often turbulent period. It engages, yet then redirects, very important discussions via historians concerning the nature of time and the development and position of heritage and reminiscence in pre-modern Europe and pre-modern Jewish civilization. This booklet might be of vital worth, not just to students of Jewish background, yet a person with an curiosity within the social and cultural facets of spiritual heritage.

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21. 17 Ulmer, Turmoil, Trauma and Triumph, p. 113. 18 In a sense, the events of the past had the capacity to reflect and renew the eternal and ongoing covenant between God and His people. The power of God could at times, however, be activated for the assistance of the Jews, even without Jewish action. The anonymous Prague chronicle reported that the King allowed the expelled Jews to return, with the help of God, and did not mention Jewish penance: “5301 [1541]— King Ferdinand, may he be exalted, expelled [the Jews] from all the cities of Bohemia, and here in Prague only ten [Jewish] householders remained.

We had come from everywhere, as had the other householders who had lived under other lords. ”25 While presenting the local events of the Fettmilch uprising and maintaining the local emphasis on Frankfurt and its Jewish community, the song also universalized the meaning of the events for all Jews. Like many early modern chronicles, local, regional, and universal issues and identities could be intimately connected. The anonymous seventeenth-century chronicle from Prague also reported on a broad array of events throughout Bohemia, while offering a special emphasis on the resonance of those events on the Jewish community in Prague.

32 Jewish Identity in Early Modern Germany It would seem that Jews were capable of and willing to distinguish types of temporality. The emphasis on religious practice and the search for authority, which were shared in broader German society, may have fostered the dual attempt to recognize recent events and to place them within a broader historical context. Jewish engagement with the past, however, was not simply theological or paradigmatic; rather it could be social and political as well as dynamic and changeable.

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