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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 Turning Point

The Turning Point

The Sixteenth Century

(p.47) Chapter 3 The Turning Point
Divided Souls

Elisheva Carlebach

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the moment in the Jews' history when they were given new spheres of activity and roles by three notable innovators. Victor von Carben, Antonius Margaritha, and Johannes Pfefferkorn are credited as ushering in the new Jewish convert culture. This chapter centers on explaining why the role of the Jewish converts spread out during the first decades of the sixteenth century, despite having a rather narrow theological-polemical role in medieval debates. This chapter shows that these Jewish converts soon arrived at the head of public consciousness, starting with the intellectual world until ending up in the popular mind.

Keywords:   sixteenth century, Jewish converts, theological-polemical role, turning point, public consciousness, Victor von Carben, Antonius Margaritha, Johannes Pfefferkorn

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