Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
A Goy Who Speaks YiddishChristians and the Jewish Language in Early Modern Germany$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Aya Elyada

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804781930

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804781930.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM STANFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.stanford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Stanford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in SSO for personal use.date: 21 September 2019

Conclusion: The Study of Yiddish and Christian-Jewish Relations in Early Modern Germany

Conclusion: The Study of Yiddish and Christian-Jewish Relations in Early Modern Germany

Chapter:
(p.76) Conclusion: The Study of Yiddish and Christian-Jewish Relations in Early Modern Germany
Source:
A Goy Who Speaks Yiddish
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804781930.003.0007

Yiddish studies occupied a central place in the theological work of Christian, especially Protestant, scholars in early modern Germany. The preoccupation with Yiddish was intended more for non-scholarly purposes. Protestant theologians wanted to use their proficiency of the Jewish language and its literature to fulfill their obligations, such as conducting missionary work among the Jews, strengthening the faith among ordinary Christians, and learning about Jews and Judaism in order to expose Jewish blasphemy. Knowledge of the Yiddish language and acquaintance with Yiddish literature proved indispensable for Christians, but also subjected more layers of Ashkenazi Jewish culture to the scrutiny and criticism of Christian scholars, who relied on Yiddish sources to paint a distorted and disparaging picture of contemporary Judaism. Thus, the knowledge derived by Christians from Yiddish literary and oral culture resulted in a shift of focus in an ongoing anti-Jewish polemic, rather than greater toleration of the Jews.

Keywords:   Yiddish language, Yiddish literature, Jews, Judaism, Christians, Jewish culture, oral culture, Germany, Jewish language, missionary work

Stanford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.