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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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(p.191) Conclusion
A Goy Who Speaks Yiddish
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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.

Keywords:   Christian literature, Germany, Yiddish language, Yiddish literature, Christian Hebraism, Jews, Christian–Jewish relations, Christians

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