This book has explored Christian literature on Yiddish in early modern Germany by focusing on two interrelated themes: Christian–Jewish polemics and intra-Christian debates. Perceptions of the Yiddish language were closely associated with a variety of Jewish stereotypes prevalent at the time, and the book has considered a wide array of questions ranging from religious polemics to socioeconomic prejudices, missionary work, the evaluation and rating of languages, national consciousness, and Orientalist concepts. However, there are many other questions left unanswered in relation to the Jews' responses to early modern Christian Yiddish literature. In recent years, scholars have shown a tendency to discard older views of medieval and early modern Christian–Jewish relations in favor of a more complex historical perspective that emphasizes not only isolation, persecution, and toleration, but also the cultural, social, and intellectual interaction between Jews and Christians. In this regard, Christian Hebraism appears to be an attractive field of study.
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