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Apostasy and Jewish identity in high Middle Ages Northern Europe'Are you still my brother?'$
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Goldin Simha

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719095771

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719095771.001.0001

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Theological confrontation with Christianity’s success

Theological confrontation with Christianity’s success

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(p.31) 3 Theological confrontation with Christianity’s success
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Apostasy and Jewish identity in high Middle Ages Northern Europe
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Simha Goldin

Jonathan Chipman

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719095771.003.0003

This chapter looks at the struggle of the Jews in dealing with the Christian success in conquering the Land of Israel from the Muslims and establishing the Land of Israel , the land to which the Jews were theologically due to return, as a Christian kingdom. This Christian theological success created a crisis among the Jews that brought about the phenomenon of voluntary conversion to Christianity seen clearly, for example, in the autobiography of Yehuda Herman, a Jewish apostate, and at the same time a Jewish polemic reaction directed against Christians and against Jewish converts to Christianity.

Keywords:   Israel, Crusades, Conversion, Christianity

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