Jews in Medieval Christendom

Slay Them Not

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In Jews in Medieval Christendom: Slay Them Not, an international group of scholars from numerous disciplines examines the manifold ways that medieval Christians coped with the presence of Jews in their midst. The collection’s touchstone comes from St. Augustine’s interpretation of Psalm 59:11: “Slay them not, lest my people forget: scatter them by thy power; and bring them down,” as it applied to Jews in Christendom, an interpretation that deeply affected medieval Christian strategies for dealing with Jews in Europe. This collection analyzes how medieval writers and artists, often explicitly invoking Augustine, employed his teachings on these strangers within Christian Europe.

Contributors include: Nancy Bishop, Kate McGrath, Irven Resnick, Ephraim Shoham-Steiner, K.M. Kletter, Robert Stacey, Jennifer Hart Weed, Jay Ruud, Kristine T. Utterback, Merrall LLewelyn Price, Eveline Brugger, Birgit Wiedl, Carlee A. Bradbury, Judy Schaaf, Barbara Stevenson, Miriamne Ara Krummel, Albrecht Classen.

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Kristine T. Utterback, PhD, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto (1984), teaches in the Religious Studies Department at the University of Wyoming. She has published articles on Jews and inquisition in the 14th century Aragon and on medieval pilgrimage.

Merrall Llewelyn Price, PhD, University of Rochester (1998) is Associate Dean of University College and Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Kentucky University. She has published recently on anti-Semitism in Chaucer and in the N-Town plays.
Readers at the undergraduate level or higher interested in analysis of medieval Jewish-Christian relations through history, literature, art history, critical theory, gender studies, theology and Judaica.
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