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A Goy Who Speaks YiddishChristians and the Jewish Language in Early Modern Germany$
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Aya Elyada

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804781930

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804781930.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

A Jewish Language in a Christian World

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(p.1) Introduction
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A Goy Who Speaks Yiddish
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804781930.003.0001

This book explores Christian preoccupation with Yiddish language and literature in early modern Germany, that is, from the beginning of the sixteenth century to the second half of the eighteenth century. The Yiddish which was the focus of Christian literature during that period is known today as “Western Yiddish,” “Jewish-German,” or “Judeo-German,” which differs from the “Eastern Yiddish” of the Jews from Eastern Europe. The book looks at how Christians became interested in the Hebrew language, Yiddish literature, and Yiddish culture, and the implications of this interest for theological, cultural, and social discourses on Jews and Judaism. It also discusses the place of Christian Yiddish scholarship in the broader context of early modern Christian Hebraism, the association of Yiddish with criminality, and how the relation between Yiddish and Hebrew was represented in the Christian texts.

Keywords:   Christians, Yiddish language, Christian literature, criminality, Yiddish culture, Yiddish literature, Jews, Judaism, Christian Hebraism, Germany

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