In the ever increasing volume of Byzantine Studies in recent years there seems to be one very apparent void, namely, the history and culture of the Byzantine Jewry, its presence and impact on the surrounding convoluted Byzantine world between Late Antiquity until the conquest of Byzantium (1453). With the now classic but dated studies by Joshua Starr and Andrew Sharf, the collective volume at hand is an attempt to somewhat fill in this void. The articles assembled in this volume are penned by leading scholars in the field. They present bird's eye views of the cultural history of the Jewish Byzantine minority, alongside a wide array of surveys and in-depth studies of various topics. These topics pertain to the dialectics of the religious, literary, economic and visual representation world of this alien minority within its surrounding Byzantine hegemonic world.
Robert Bonfil is Professor Emeritus of Medieval and Renaissance Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has published extensively on Medieval and Renaissance Jewish History in Italy.
Oded Irshai, Ph.D., Lectures in the Department of the History of the Jewish People and Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has published extensively on the Judeo-Christian dialogue and polemics in Late Antiquity.
Guy G. Stroumsa, Professor of the Study of the Abrahamic Religions and Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and Martin Buber Professor of Comparative Religion, Emeritus, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
Rina Talgam, Ph.D., Head of the Department of Art History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research focuses on the mutual influences between paganism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam in Late Antiquity.
It is hard to imagine any research on Byzantine Jewry that would not begin with this book. While clearly essential for any collection dealing with Judaism in late antiquity, it would also be a very useful addition to collections dealing with the context of Christian Orthodoxy. -
Shaul Stampfer, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in: Religious Studies Review Vol. 38, Iss.4 (2012).
Contributors include: Golda Ahiezer, Roni Amir, Patrick Andrist, Cyril Aslanov, Robert Bonfil, Marie-Hélène Congourdeau, Nicholas de Lange, Vincent Déroche, Saskia Dönitz, Rivka Duker-Fishman, Philippe Gardette, Joshua Holo, Moshe Idel, Oded Irshai, David Jacoby, Herbert L. Kessler, Alexander Kulik, Amnon Linder, Matti Meyer, Ophir Münz-Manor, Hillel I. Neumann, Micha Perry, Elisheva Revel-Neher, Youval Rotman, Yossi Soffer, Guy G. Stroumsa, Rina Talgam, Spyros N. Troianos, Vera von Falkenhausen, Josef Yahalom.
The book is mainly intended for scholars and students of interested in the world of Byzantium as well as for those whose interests lie in adjacent and more particular aspects of the history of the Jewish people.