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Medieval Jewish civilization : an encyclopedia /
Norman Roth, editor.
imprint
New York : Routledge, 2003.
description
xxi, 701 p. : ill. ; 29 cm.
ISBN
0415937124 (alk. paper)
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New York : Routledge, 2003.
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0415937124 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
4788820
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2003-01-15:
This hefty, double-columned tome offers comprehensive treatment of a key period in Jewish history. The more than 100 entries were contributed by a worldwide selection of noted scholars and edited by Roth (Conversos, Inquisition, and the Expulsion of Jews from Spain). Most of the entries run more than a few pages, and those on critical topics (such as the "Church and the Jews" or "Islam and Jews") are longer. Noted figures such as Moses Maimonides, the great Jewish philosopher and codifier, are placed in the context of their times. Many locations (such as Germany) are also treated in depth, and coverage is given to more current topics not found in older encyclopedias, such as the role of women and the place of marriage in society. Each entry has cross references in capital letters and a current bibliography that includes works in English and other languages. Although scholars will appreciate this work, informed lay readers and college students will find it especially helpful, as the articles are clear, easy to read, and well summarized. The articles also update the traditional first source for information on Judaism, The Encyclopaedia Judaica. Highly recommended for libraries with larger history or Judaic collections.-Paul Kaplan, Lake Villa Dist. Lib., IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2003-04-01:
Roth's encyclopedia is the seventh volume to detail aspects of a geographical area or theme in this growing series. Arranged alphabetically, the entries offer a sensible arrangement and a broad scope. One of the book's greatest assets is its thematic list of entries, which classes entries in context. This list includes such valuable headings as "Christian-Jewish Relations," "Commerce and Economy," "Muslim-Jewish Relations," and "Daily Life." The glossary and index at the end are also useful. The entries illuminate Jewish civilization in the Middle Ages, though the numerous references to previous resources is a bit cumbersome. Entries conclude with solid bibliographies. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. University libraries. J. B. MacDonald Illinois State University
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Main Description
This is the first encyclopedic work to focus exclusively on medieval Jewish civilization, from the fall of the Roman Empire to about 1492. The more than 150 alphabetically organized entries, written by scholars from around the world, include biographies, countries, events, social history, and religious concepts. The coverage is international, presenting people, culture, and events from various countries in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. For a full list of entries and contributors, a generous selection of sample entries, and more, visit the MedievalJewish Civilization: An Encyclopediawebsite.
Main Description
Based on the research of an international, multidisciplinary team of specialist contributors, this groundbreaking reference work features over 150 A-Z entries on Jewish civilization between the fall of the Western Roman Empire (476 CE) and the discovery of the New World in 1492. Not limited to any one aspect of the Jewish experience, many entries cover topics that have never before been dealt with in Judaic or medieval reference works. Coverage includes: Abulafia Family * Almoravids * Ambassadors, Jews as * Banking, Italy * Barcelona * Benjamin of Tudela * Bernard of Clairvaux * Byzantium * Charity * Clothing * Commerce * Education * England * Expulsion: France * Fernando and Isabel * Food * German Law: Jews in * Islam and the Jews * Jonah Gerundi * Kings, Jewish * Law, Jewish * Moneylending * Music * Poetry, Hebrew * Radhanites (merchants) * Science and Mathematics * And much more.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This one-volume work focuses on medieval Jewish civilization in 158 entries written by scholars from around the world. The coverage is international, and spans from the fall of the Roman Empire (476 A.D.) to about 1492.
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This is the first encyclopedic work to focus exclusively on medieval Jewish civilization, from the fall of the Roman Empire to about 1492. The more than 150 alphabetically organized entries, written by scholars from around the world, include biographies, countries, events, social history, and religious concepts. The coverage is international, presenting people, culture, and events from various countries in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.For a full list of entries and contributors, a generous selection of sample entries, and more, visit the Medieval Jewish Civilization: An Encyclopedia website.
Table of Contents
Entries include: Abelard
Bible Translations
Black Death
Canon Law, Jews in Conversion
Education
Expulsion France
Fernando and Isabel
Gambling
Gerundi, Jonah
Hebrew Language
Heresy
Isaac Ibn Ezra
Islam and the Jews
Maimonides
Minters of Coins, Jews as Mysticism
Poetry, Hebrew
Qaraites
"Rashi"
Talmud
Visigoths and Jews and many more
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