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Divided Souls: Converts from Judaism in Germany, 1500-1750

Elisheva Carlebach


This book reevaluates the place of converts from Judaism in the narrative of Jewish history. Long considered beyond the pale of Jewish historiography, converts played a central role in shaping both noxious and positive images of Jews and Judaism for Christian readers. Focusing on German Jews who converted to Christianity in the sixteenth through mid-eighteenth centuries, it explores an extensive trove of their memoirs and other writings. These original sources illuminate the Jewish communities that the converts left, the Christian society they entered, and the unabating tensions between the tw ... More

Keywords: converts, Judaism, Jews, Germany, German Jews, Christianity, Jewish communities, Christian society, social acceptance, Jewish modernity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780300084108
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300084108.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elisheva Carlebach, author