Sefer hasidim and the Ashkenazic book in medieval Europe

Composed in Germany in the early thirteenth century by Judah ben Samuel he-hasid, Sefer Hasidim, or "Book of the Pietists," is a compendium of religious instruction that portrays the everyday life of Jews as they lived together with and apart from Christians in towns such as Speyer, Worms,...

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Main Author: Marcus, Ivan G. 1942-
Format: Print Book
Language:English
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Published: Philadelphia University of Pennsylvania Press [2018]
Reviews:[Rezension von: Ivan G. Marcus, "Sefer Hasidim" and the Ashkenazic book in medieval Europe] (2019) (Ḳushelevsḳi, Relah, 1951 - )
Series/Journal:Jewish culture and contexts
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Ashkenazim / Hassidism / Book printing / Literary production
B Yehudah ben Shemuʾel, he-Ḥasid, Sefer ḥasidim / History
Further subjects:B Jews
B Jews History To 1500 Europe
B Jews Intellectual life Europe
B Judah ben Samuel approximately 1150-1217 Sefer ḥasidim
B Jews Europe Intellectual life
B Jews Europe History To 1500
B Bibliography
B Judah ben Samuel approximately 1150-1217 Sefer ḥasidim (Judah ben Samuel) To 1500
Online Access: Rezension (Verlag)
Parallel Edition:Electronic
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Summary:Composed in Germany in the early thirteenth century by Judah ben Samuel he-hasid, Sefer Hasidim, or "Book of the Pietists," is a compendium of religious instruction that portrays the everyday life of Jews as they lived together with and apart from Christians in towns such as Speyer, Worms, Mainz, and Regensburg. A charismatic religious teacher who recorded hundreds of original stories that mirrored situations in medieval social living, Judah's messages advocated praying slowly and avoiding honor, pleasure, wealth, and the lures of unmarried sex. Although he failed to enact his utopian vision of a pietist Jewish society, his collected writings would help shape the religious culture of Ashkenazic Judaism for centuries.0In "Sefer Hasidim" and the Ashkenazic Book in Medieval Europe, Ivan G. Marcus proposes a new paradigm for understanding how this particular book was composed. The work, he contends, was an open text written by a single author in hundreds of disjunctive, yet self-contained, segments, which were then combined into multiple alternative versions, each equally authoritative. While Sefer Hasidim offers the clearest example of this model of composition, Marcus argues that it was not unique: the production of Ashkenazic books in small and easily rearranged paragraphs is a literary and cultural phenomenon quite distinct from anything practiced by the Christian authors of northern Europe or the Sephardic Jews of the south. According to Marcus, Judah, in authoring Sefer Hasidim in this manner, not only resisted Greco-Roman influences on Ashkenazic literary form but also extended an earlier Byzantine rabbinic tradition of authorship into medieval European Jewish culture
Item Description:Includes bibliographical references and index
ISBN:0812250095