A Jewish Language in a Christian World
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.
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