Preachers of the Italian Ghetto

Preachers of the Italian Ghetto

by David B. Ruderman (Editor)

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By the mid-sixteenth century, Jews in the cities of Italy were being crowded into compulsory ghettos as a result of the oppressive policies of Pope Paul IV and his successors.The sermons of Jewish preachers during this period provide a remarkable vantage point from which to view the early modern Jewish social and cultural landscape.

In this eloquent collection, six leading scholars of Italian Jewish history reveal the important role of these preachers: men who served as a bridge between the ghetto and the Christian world outside, between old and new conventions, and between elite and popular modes of thought. The story of how they reflected and shaped the culture of their listeners, who felt the pressure of cramped urban life as well as of political, economic, and religious persecution, is finally beginning to be told. Through the words of the Italian ghetto preachers, we discover a richly textured panorama of Jewish life more than 400 years ago.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520077355
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/22/1992
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: (w) x (h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

David B. Ruderman is Frederick P. Rose Professor of Jewish History at Yale University. His books include The Valley of Vision (1990), Kabbalah, Magic, and Science (1988), and The World of a Renaissance Jew (1981).

Table of Contents

Robert Bonfil
Elliott Horowitz
Moshe Idel
David B. Ruderman
Marc Saperstein
Joanna Weinberg

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