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Kenneth Stow

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780804752817

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804752817.001.0001

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The Bollandists and Their Work

The Bollandists and Their Work

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(p.55) Two The Bollandists and Their Work
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Jewish Dogs
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804752817.003.0003

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 apologétique de la foi catholique, Felix Vernet condemned the ritual murder libel and took the Bollandists to task for believing in ritual murder accusations. The solid edifice erected by the seventeenth-century Bollandists had nurtured the belief of nineteenth- and twentieth-century authors, whether lay or clerical, in the iniquity of Jews and Judaism. They then fused this belief with their conviction that iniquity was caused by modernity and modern civilizations. The Bollandists, including John Bolland, Godfrey Hinschius (Hinschenius), and Daniel Papebroch, set out to verify true sainthood and martyrdom. They seem to espouse the notion that strong belief in ritual murder and the Host libel would strengthen belief in two of Catholicism's central devotional foci: the Virgin and the Eucharist. The Bollandists linked ritual murder to imputed Jewish magic as well as Protestantism. Their discussion of the Good Werner of Oberwesel, in 1287, is their most intensive.

Keywords:   Bollandists, ritual murder, Jews, Felix Vernet, Judaism, modernity, Echarist, magic, Protestantism, Good Werner

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