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Title Rituals of childhood : Jewish acculturation in Medieval Europe / Ivan G. Marcus.
Author Marcus, Ivan G.
Publication New Haven, Conn. : Yale University Press, ©1996.
Description 1 online resource (x, 191 pages) : illustrations.
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 161-181) and index.
Summary In medieval times, when a Jewish boy of five began religious schooling, he was carried from home to a teacher and placed on the teacher's lap. He was then asked to recite the Hebrew alphabet and lick honey from the slate on which it was written, to eat magically inscribed cooked peeled eggs and cakes, to recite an incantation against a demon of forgetfulness, and then to go down to the riverbank with the teacher, where he was told that his future study of the Torah, like the rushing river, would never end. This book - Ivan Marcus's erudite and novel interpretation of this rite of passage - presents a new anthropological historical approach to Jewish culture and acculturation in medieval Christian Europe. Marcus traces ancient Jewish and Greco-Roman elements in the rite and then analyzes it from different perspectives, making use of narrative, legal, poetic, ethnographic, and pictorial sources, as well as firsthand accounts. He then describes contemporary medieval Christian images and initiation rites - including the eucharist and the Madonna and child - as contexts within which to understand the ceremony. He is the first to investigate how medieval Jews were aware of, drew upon, and polemically transformed Christian religious symbols into Jewish counterimages in order to affirm the truth of Judaism and to make sense of living as Jews in an intensely Christian culture.
Contents Introduction: ritual and medieval Jewish cultural history -- The initiation rite -- Ancient Jewish pedagogy -- Food magic and mnemonic gestures -- Symbolic readings -- Childhood initiations into religious cultures.
Note Print version record.
Subject Jewish religious education of preschool children -- Germany -- History.
Initiation rites -- Religious aspects -- Judaism -- History.
Judaism -- History -- Medieval and early modern period, 425-1789.
Initiation rites -- Religious aspects -- Judaism. (OCoLC)fst00973487
Jewish religious education of preschool children. (OCoLC)fst00982932
Judaism -- Medieval and early modern period. (OCoLC)fst01907047
Germany. (OCoLC)fst01210272
Jüdische Erziehung.
Genre History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Electronic books.
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc.
Related To Print version: Marcus, Ivan G. Rituals of childhood 0300059981 (DLC) 95024663 (OCoLC)32859872
ISBN 9780300156744 electronic bk.
030015674X electronic bk.

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