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By Christopher B. Krebs

Winner of the 2012 Christian Gauss ebook Award

"A version of renowned highbrow heritage. . . . In each way, A most deadly Book is a so much very good achievement."--Washington Post

When the Roman historian Tacitus wrote the Germania, a none-too-flattering little publication in regards to the historical Germans, he couldn't have foreseen that centuries later the Nazis could extol it as "a bible" and vow to resurrect Germany on its grounds. however the Germania inspired--and polarized--readers lengthy prior to the increase of the 3rd Reich. during this based and alluring background, Christopher B. Krebs, a professor of classics at Harvard college, lines the wide-ranging impact of the Germania, revealing how an historic textual content rose to take its position one of the most threatening books on the planet.

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Again, the perception often is that each side simply dug in its heels and insisted on its reading, with no significant interaction or reflection. This intransigent and mindless insistence on one or another reading of biblical verses is often projected as the heart of medieval Christian–Jewish polemics. In fact, however, this perception of mindless intransigence is not at all accurate. In the first place, we shall see in the course of the present study that dispute over the meaning of biblical verses hardly constitutes the whole of the medieval Christian–Jewish debate.

Jacob Katz, the great twentieth-century social historian of the Jews, led the way toward integrating medieval Jewish polemics into the social fabric of medieval Jewish life. ”54 While Katz’s treatment of medieval Jewish polemical writers and writings is hardly exhaustive,55 he 54 55 Jacob Katz, Exclusiveness and Tolerance (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1961). For a valuable and balanced assessment of this important study, see David Berger, “Jacob Katz on Jews and Christians in the Middle Ages,” in Pride of Jacob: Essays on Jacob Katz and His Work, ed.

Thus, for example, much of the projected redemption envisioned by the latter sections of the book of Isaiah was patterned after the exodus from Egypt that loomed so large in Israelite memory. For Christians, the parallels between earlier biblical experience and the lifetime of Jesus provided a sense of the legitimacy of the latter. 12 11 12 On these pesharim, see Lawrence H. Schiffman, Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1994), 223–241, and James VanderKam, The Dead Sea Scrolls Today (Grand Rapids: William B.

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