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Political Murder and Sacrifice: From Roman Republic to Empire

Zsuzsanna Várhelyi

in Ancient Mediterranean Sacrifice

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199738960
eISBN:
9780199918676
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199738960.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

Zsuzsanna Várhelyi analyzes the Roman notion of sacrifice as it can be seen in the tentative sacrificial interpretations of politically high-stake murders in the late republican period. Starting with ... More


The Accusation of Ritual Murder in Poland, 1500‒1800

Zenon Guldon and Jacek Wijaczka

in Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 10: Jews in Early Modern Poland

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781874774310
eISBN:
9781800340671
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781874774310.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter describes the occurrences of accusations of ritual murder against Jews between 1500 and 1800 in the territories of Poland. In that period, these lands constituted the ‘main centre and ... More


Death and the Nation: Ritual Murder as Political Discourse in the Czech Lands

Hillel J. Kieval

in Languages of Community: The Jewish Experience in the Czech Lands

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520214101
eISBN:
9780520921160
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520214101.003.0009
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter examines the radicalization of political discourse in the 1890s and its obsession with the metaphor of ritual murder. It argues that the rhetoric of ritual murder not only echoed widely ... More


 “The Height of Foulness”: Circumcision in European Religious and Popular Culture

Leonard B. Glick

in Marked in Your Flesh: Circumcision from Ancient Judea to Modern America

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780195176742
eISBN:
9780199835621
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019517674X.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Images of circumcision in European religious and popular culture were consistently, often profoundly hostile. Abelard, Aquinas, Luther, and others wrote or spoke on the subject critically when ... More


The Bollandists and Their Work

in Jewish Dogs: An Image and Its Interpreters

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804752817
eISBN:
9780804767897
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804752817.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The early Bollandists strongly believed in ritual murder, blood libels, and medieval Host accusations against the Jews. In his extensive essay of 1910–1912 on “Juifs et Chrétiens” in the Dictionnaire ... 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


Ambivalence and Continuity

in Jewish Dogs: An Image and Its Interpreters

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804752817
eISBN:
9780804767897
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804752817.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Within the Catholic Church, a wholesale revival of ritual murder accusations against Jews occurred in the 1880s through the first decades of the twentieth century. The Vatican Library's collection ... More


Richard of Pontoise and Philip Augustus

in Jewish Dogs: An Image and Its Interpreters

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804752817
eISBN:
9780804767897
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804752817.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The people of Oberwesel-Bacharach sought the canonization of the Good Werner of Oberwesel in 1417. Whatever their reason for doing so, the testimonies they left behind were used by the Bollandists to ... 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


The Last Controversy over Ritual Murder? The Debate over the Paintings in Sandomierz Cathedral

Anna Landau-Czajka

in Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 16: Focusing on Jewish Popular Culture and Its Afterlife

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781874774730
eISBN:
9781800340732
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781874774730.003.0028
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter addresses a series of religious paintings in the Sandomierz Cathedral, one of which depicts a ritual murder. In 2000, a debate began over what should be done with a painting whose ... More


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 Afterlife of the Beilis Affair: The Blood Libel in the Soviet Union

Elissa Bemporad

in Legacy of Blood: Jews, Pogroms, and Ritual Murder in the Lands of the Soviets

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
December 2019
ISBN:
9780190466459
eISBN:
9780190466480
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190466459.003.0003
Subject:
History, European Modern History

Chapter 2 explores the place that the claim of Jewish ritual murder held in interwar Soviet society. The Bolsheviks dealt a blow to the blood libel tradition by confronting aggressively the legacy of ... More


How the Ritual Murder Accusation Persisted in the Soviet Landscape

Elissa Bemporad

in Legacy of Blood: Jews, Pogroms, and Ritual Murder in the Lands of the Soviets

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
December 2019
ISBN:
9780190466459
eISBN:
9780190466480
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190466459.003.0005
Subject:
History, European Modern History

Chapter 4 explains the endurance and permutation of the ritual murder accusation in the Soviet landscape of the interwar years. The occurrence of the blood libel epitomizes some aspects of the nature ... More


Introduction

Murray Colin and Sanders Peter

in Medicine Murder in Colonial Lesotho: The Anatomy of a Moral Crisis

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748622849
eISBN:
9780748652952
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622849.003.0022
Subject:
Society and Culture, African Studies

Medicine murders continued after Basutoland became the independent state of Lesotho in 1966. With about 500 ordinary murders a year in a population of approximately two million people in the ... More


Medieval Urban Noir: The Jewish House, the Christian Mob, and the City in Postconquest England

Kathy Lavezzo

in The Accommodated Jew: English Antisemitism from Bede to Milton

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781501703157
eISBN:
9781501706158
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501703157.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter examines how the advent of the city and a money economy in postconquest England prompted a heightened focus on houses and related spaces associated with contemporary Jews. It begins with ... More


The Jewish Version: The Bollandist Reconstruction Vindicated

in Jewish Dogs: An Image and Its Interpreters

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804752817
eISBN:
9780804767897
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804752817.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The Bollandists' reconstruction of King Philip Augustus' actions appears to be corroborated by a series of letters that are appended to the Orléans Narrative, a Hebrew account of the burning to death ... More


Governing Witchcraft: Journalists and Brujos in Republican Cuba

Reinaldo L. Román

in Governing Spirits: Religion, Miracles, and Spectacles in Cuba and Puerto Rico, 1898-1956

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807831410
eISBN:
9781469604688
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807888940_roman.7
Subject:
History, Latin American History

In 1919, Cuba was swept by a “militant Negrophobia” characterized by a public fright of witchcraft, or brujería. A group of blacks called the negros brujos were suspected by white families of ... More


A Usable Past

in Jewish Dogs: An Image and Its Interpreters

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804752817
eISBN:
9780804767897
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804752817.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

To advance the glory of martyrs, the early Bollandists perpetuated the medieval vision that Jews were a constant threat. In particular, they perpetuated the idea that martyrdom often went hand in ... 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


Witchcraft, Black Magic, and Ritual Murder

Ariel Toaff

in Love, Work and Death: Jewish Life in Medieval Umbria

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781874774198
eISBN:
9781800340954
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781874774198.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter explores the accusations against the Jews of the Umbria. It was particularly in the last part of the fifteenth century, in the years following the founding of the Perugia Monte di Pietà ... More


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