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A Goy Who Speaks Yiddish: Christians and the Jewish Language in Early Modern Germany

Aya Elyada


This book explores the unique phenomenon of Christian engagement with Yiddish language and literature from the beginning of the sixteenth century to the late eighteenth century. By analyzing the motivations for Christian interest in Yiddish, and the differing ways in which Yiddish was discussed and treated in Christian texts, it addresses a wide array of issues, most notably Christian Hebraism, Protestant theology, early modern Yiddish culture, and the social and cultural history of language in early modern Europe. The analysis of a wide range of philological and theological works, as well as ... More

Keywords: Yiddish, Christians, Jews, early modern Germany, Christian Hebraism, Protestant theology, Yiddish culture, Jewish language, Judaism, Christian Yiddishism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780804781930
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804781930.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aya Elyada, author