Composed in Hebrew in Capua, Italy in 1054, the family chronicle of Ahima'az remains one of the most important historical sources of medieval Jewish life, folklore, culture, and mentalités in Western Europe, especially in the so-called Ashkenazi area. As such, it provides a rich resource to scholars of medieval history, cultural studies, gender studies, and anthropology. In this book Robert Bonfil provides a detailed historical introduction and new English translation of the chronicle. Readers knowledgeable in Hebrew will also greatly benefit from the new, vocalized critical edition of the Hebrew text, skillfully set up in front of the translation.
Robert Bonfil is professor emeritus of Medieval and Renaissance Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He has published extensively on Medieval and Renaissance Jewish History in Italy, including
Jewish Life in Renaissance Italy (University of California Press, 1994).
“In History and Folklore of a Medieval Jewish Chronicle hat [Bonfil] eine zuverlässige und durch die Zweisprachigkeit enorm nützliche Ausgabe vorgelegt, der weite Ausstrahlung auch auβerhalb der engeren Fachkreise zu wünschen ist.” Lucia Raspe, Frankfurter Jüdische Beiträge Heft 37, (2011/2012).
Table of contents
Chapter One The Text and Its Context
Chapter Two Historical Setting and Narrative Structure
Chapter Three Frameworks of Communal Life and Images of Leadership
Chapter Four Family
Chapter Five Jews and Christians: Magic, Sorcery, Everyday ife, and Popular Piety
Maps and Plates
Critical Edition and Annotated Translation
Preface to the Critical Edition and Annotated Translation
Hebrew Text and Translation
All those interested in medieval history, cultural studies, gender studies, and anthropology.