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Sefer Hasidim and the Ashkenazic book in medieval Europe, Ivan G. Marcus

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Sefer Hasidim and the Ashkenazic book in medieval Europe
Title
Sefer Hasidim and the Ashkenazic book in medieval Europe
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Ivan G. Marcus
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Language
eng
Summary
Composed in Germany in the early thirteenth century by Judah ben Samuel he-hasid, Sefer Hasidim, or "Book of the Pietists," is a compendium of religious instruction that portrays the everyday life of Jews as they lived together with and apart from Christians in towns such as Speyer, Worms, Mainz, and Regensburg. A charismatic religious teacher who recorded hundreds of original stories that mirrored situations in medieval social living, Judah's messages advocated praying slowly and avoiding honor, pleasure, wealth, and the lures of unmarried sex. Although he failed to enact his utopian vision of a pietist Jewish society, his collected writings would help shape the religious culture of Ashkenazic Judaism for centuries.0In "Sefer Hasidim" and the Ashkenazic Book in Medieval Europe, Ivan G. Marcus proposes a new paradigm for understanding how this particular book was composed. The work, he contends, was an open text written by a single author in hundreds of disjunctive, yet self-contained, segments, which were then combined into multiple alternative versions, each equally authoritative. While Sefer Hasidim offers the clearest example of this model of composition, Marcus argues that it was not unique: the production of Ashkenazic books in small and easily rearranged paragraphs is a literary and cultural phenomenon quite distinct from anything practiced by the Christian authors of northern Europe or the Sephardic Jews of the south. According to Marcus, Judah, in authoring Sefer Hasidim in this manner, not only resisted Greco-Roman influences on Ashkenazic literary form but also extended an earlier Byzantine rabbinic tradition of authorship into medieval European Jewish culture
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contains biographical information
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PU/DLC
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Marcus, Ivan G
Dewey number
296.3/6
Index
index present
LC call number
BJ 1287 .J83 S438 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Jewish culture and contexts
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  • Judah ben Samuel
  • Jews
  • Jews
  • Jews
  • Jews
  • Europe
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Sefer Hasidim and the Ashkenazic book in medieval Europe, Ivan G. Marcus
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st edition.
Extent
xiii, 202 pages
Isbn
9780812250091
Lccn
2017058051
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1000018035
  • (OCoLC)on1000018035
Label
Sefer Hasidim and the Ashkenazic book in medieval Europe, Ivan G. Marcus
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st edition.
Extent
xiii, 202 pages
Isbn
9780812250091
Lccn
2017058051
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1000018035
  • (OCoLC)on1000018035

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