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From Blood Libel to Blood Community: Self-Defense and Self-Assertion in Modern Jewish Culture

David Biale

in Blood and Belief: The Circulation of a Symbol between Jews and Christians

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520253049
eISBN:
9780520934238
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520253049.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter discusses some responses to the blood libel and then turns to the way Jews incorporated the language of blood into what became one of the main responses to modern anti-Semitism, namely, ... More


The Diachronic Libels and Accusations (B): The Seleucid Court Scribe(s) and the Blood Libel

Bezalel Bar-Kochva

in The Image of the Jews in Greek Literature: The Hellenistic Period

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520253360
eISBN:
9780520943636
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520253360.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter introduces the blood libel, a term that usually means a slander concerning any kind of ritual murder, and is concerned with the Hellenistic blood libel accused by Antiochus Epiphanes ... More


Crisis of Faith in the Wake of Unfulfilled Expectations

Arie Morgenstern

in Hastening Redemption: Messianism and the Resettlement of the Land of Israel

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2006
ISBN:
9780195305784
eISBN:
9780199784820
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195305787.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Beginning in the 1820s, a symbiotic relationship prevailed between the Perushim and the Protestant missionaries active in the Land of Israel such as Joseph Wolf and the London Society for the ... More


Blood Libel: Ritual Misrepresentation

Kathryn T. McClymond

in Ritual Gone Wrong: What We Learn from Ritual Disruption

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2016
ISBN:
9780199790913
eISBN:
9780199369515
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790913.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter explores the false charge leveled against Jews for centuries, the charge that Jews have murdered individuals in order to use human blood in religious ritual. Blood libels were a ... More


Posidonius of Apamea (D): The Anti-Jewish Libels and Accusations in Diodorus and Apion

Bezalel Bar-Kochva

in The Image of the Jews in Greek Literature: The Hellenistic Period

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520253360
eISBN:
9780520943636
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520253360.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter studies two very anti-Jewish passages which are linked to Posidonius, showing that they severely criticize Moses and the laws which he established for the Jews. These passages also serve ... More


Broken Bodies

Michael Ostling

in Between the Devil and the Host: Imagining Witchcraft in Early Modern Poland

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199587902
eISBN:
9780191731228
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587902.003.0008
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History, Social History

The Eucharistic host was believed to be Christ’s body, sacrificed for the sins of humankind. Pious sorrow could transform into rage when Christians believed this sacrifice had been desecrated by Jews ... More


Blood Lies: The Truth about Modern Ritual Murder Accusations and Defenses

Scott Spector

in Violent Sensations: Sex, Crime, and Utopia in Vienna and Berlin, 1860-1914

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226196640
eISBN:
9780226196817
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226196817.003.0006
Subject:
History, European Modern History

The spate of modern ritual murder accusations against Jews or Jewish communities in Central Europe from 1882 into the early twentieth century is the focus of the final chapter. These sensational ... More


Going to “Alimentary” School: Brotstudium, Ludwig Feuerbach, and the Dietetics of Antisemitism

Jay Geller

in The Other Jewish Question: Identifying the Jew and Making Sense of Modernity

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780823233618
eISBN:
9780823241781
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823233618.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

In her edition of Ludwig Feuerbach's Essence of Christianity, George Eliot mistranslated Feuerbach's reference to “Brotstudium,” by which he characterized theological study undertaken by Jews, as ... More


The Accommodated Jew: English Antisemitism from Bede to Milton

Kathy Lavezzo

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781501703157
eISBN:
9781501706158
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501703157.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

England during the Middle Ages was at the forefront of European antisemitism. It was in medieval Norwich that the notorious “blood libel” was first introduced when a resident accused the city's ... More


“Justice and Kindness” (1848–1866)

in Between Foreigners and Shiʿis: Nineteenth-Century Iran and its Jewish Minority

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804754583
eISBN:
9780804779487
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804754583.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

In the nineteenth century, the numbers of the “despised” Jews in Iran had declined substantially compared to the increasing population of Muslims. Aside from such factors as insecurity, political ... More


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