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Elisheva Carlebach

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780300084108

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300084108.001.0001

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The Lost Crown of Synagoga

The Lost Crown of Synagoga

Converts from Judaism in Medieval Christendom

(p.33) Chapter 2 The Lost Crown of Synagoga
Divided Souls

Elisheva Carlebach

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the obsession of medieval Christianity with gathering Jewish converts. It states that despite being frequently asked to convert by well-intentioned missionaries and the elite clerics, medieval Jews experienced rejection and distrust from others. It examines the different images of the unchanging nature of Jewish converts and the Christian's suspicion towards Jewish converts. The discussion then looks at the violence that the Christians showed towards the Jews in an effort to coerce them into converting, which also played a role in punishing criminals. It then looks at how Jews viewed baptism as a form of deception and the push that was given to the Jewish converts to prove themselves to the Christians by attacking Judaism and Jews.

Keywords:   medieval Christianity, Jewish converts, suspicion, violence, punishment, deception, baptism, Christians, Jews

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