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The Resource Rituals of childhood : Jewish acculturation in medieval Europe, Ivan G. Marcus

Rituals of childhood : Jewish acculturation in medieval Europe, Ivan G. Marcus

Label
Rituals of childhood : Jewish acculturation in medieval Europe
Title
Rituals of childhood
Title remainder
Jewish acculturation in medieval Europe
Statement of responsibility
Ivan G. Marcus
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In medieval times, when a Jewish boy of five began religious schooling, he was carried from home to a teacher and placed on the teacher's lap. He was then asked to recite the Hebrew alphabet and lick honey from the slate on which it was written, to eat magically inscribed cooked peeled eggs and cakes, to recite an incantation against a demon of forgetfulness, and then to go down to the riverbank with the teacher, where he was told that his future study of the Torah, like the rushing river, would never end. This book - Ivan Marcus's erudite and novel interpretation of this rite of passage - presents a new anthropological historical approach to Jewish culture and acculturation in medieval Christian Europe. Marcus traces ancient Jewish and Greco-Roman elements in the rite and then analyzes it from different perspectives, making use of narrative, legal, poetic, ethnographic, and pictorial sources, as well as firsthand accounts. He then describes contemporary medieval Christian images and initiation rites - including the eucharist and the Madonna and child - as contexts within which to understand the ceremony. He is the first to investigate how medieval Jews were aware of, drew upon, and polemically transformed Christian religious symbols into Jewish counterimages in order to affirm the truth of Judaism and to make sense of living as Jews in an intensely Christian culture
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Marcus, Ivan G
Dewey number
296.4/42
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BM85.G4
LC item number
M37 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Jewish religious education of preschool children
  • Initiation rites
  • Judaism
  • Jodendom
  • Riten
  • Kinderen
  • Judentum
  • Jüdische Erziehung
  • Deutschland
Label
Rituals of childhood : Jewish acculturation in medieval Europe, Ivan G. Marcus
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 161-181) 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
Control code
32859872
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 191 pages
Isbn
9780300059984
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
95024663
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)32859872
Label
Rituals of childhood : Jewish acculturation in medieval Europe, Ivan G. Marcus
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 161-181) 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
Control code
32859872
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 191 pages
Isbn
9780300059984
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
95024663
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)32859872

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