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Christ ChildCultural Memories of a Young Jesus$
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Stephen J. Davis

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300149456

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300149456.001.0001

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Jews and Christians

Jews and Christians

(p.129) 6 Jews and Christians
Christ Child

Stephen J. Davis

Yale University Press

Chapter 6 focuses on how the infancy tales were taken up in Jewish-Christian encounter. In the first section of the chapter, a close examination of the “Childhood Deeds” reveals signs of social tensions between these two religious communities. The second section investigates the localization of such traditions in late ancient Nazareth, where Christian pilgrims to Palestine would visit a synagogue reputed to be Jesus’ schoolhouse. An account by a sixth-century Latin-speaking pilgrim provides evidence for how the synagogue became a contested site of memory among Christian visitors and local Jews. The third section of the chapter turns to a medieval Jewish “Life of Jesus” called the Toledot Yeshu to show how the infancy stories became the subject of parody and polemic. The fourth section investigates the corresponding medieval manuscript evidence for anti-Jewish apologetics in the editorial work of Christian scribes who copied and transmitted the “Childhood Deeds.”

Keywords:   Judaism and Christianity, Polemics and apologetics, Pilgrimage, Toledot Yeshu, Scribal practice

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