New PDF release: A Goy Who Speaks Yiddish: Christians and the Jewish Language

By Aya Elyada

ISBN-10: 0804781931

ISBN-13: 9780804781930

This e-book explores the original phenomenon of Christian engagement with Yiddish language and literature from the start of the 16th century to the overdue eighteenth century. by means of exploring the motivations for Christian curiosity in Yiddish, and the differing ways that Yiddish was once mentioned and handled in Christian texts, A Goy Who Speaks Yiddish addresses a big selection of matters, such a lot significantly Christian Hebraism, Protestant theology, early sleek Yiddish tradition, and the social and cultural historical past of language in early smooth Europe.

Elyada’s research of quite a lot of philological and theological works, in addition to textbooks, dictionaries, ethnographical writings, and translations, demonstrates that Christian Yiddishism had implications past its simply linguistic and philological dimensions. certainly, Christian texts on Yiddish display not just the ways that Christians perceived and outlined Jews and Judaism, but in addition, in a contrasting vein, how they seen their very own language, faith, and culture.

Show description

Read or Download A Goy Who Speaks Yiddish: Christians and the Jewish Language in Early Modern Germany PDF

Similar movements & periods books

New PDF release: Faulks on Fiction: The Secret Life of the Novel

He British invented the unconventional, with the e-book of Robinson Crusoe in 1719 marking the arriving of a progressive and particularly glossy kind of artwork. yet it is also real, as Sebastian Faulks argues during this outstanding e-book, that the radical helped invent the British: for the 1st time we had tales that mirrored the reports of standard humans, with characters within which lets locate our fact, our realizing and our get away.

Download e-book for kindle: We Shall Overcome: Essays on a Great American Song by Victor V. Bobetsky associate professor and Director of the

“We Shall triumph over” is an American people music that has stimulated American and global historical past like few others. At diversified deadlines it has served as a exertions flow track, a civil rights music, a hymn, and a protest track and has lengthy held robust person and collective which means for the African-American group, particularly, and the yankee and global groups extra ordinarily.

Download PDF by Claudia Franziska Brühwiler: Political Initiation in the Novels of Philip Roth

Political Initiation within the Novels of Philip Roth exemplifies how literature and, particularly, the paintings of Philip Roth may help readers comprehend the ways that members strengthen their political id, discover ways to understand political rules, and outline their function in society. Combining political technology, literary thought, and anthropology, the booklet describes an individual's political coming of age as a political initiation tale, that is crafted as a lot by way of the person himself as via the conditions influencing him, equivalent to political occasions or the political perspective of the oldsters.

Extra resources for A Goy Who Speaks Yiddish: Christians and the Jewish Language in Early Modern Germany

Example text

13 Apart from the New Testament, the Hebrew Bible too was translated into Yiddish for missionary purposes. 1. Title page of Elias Schadeus’ Yiddish translation of five books of the New Testament (Strasbourg 1592). Source: Sammlung Tychsen, Harald Fischer Verlag. 26 Yiddish in the Service of Christian Theology ­ aulus Fagius in Constance. 15 During the following century, however, these early endeavors to use Yiddish as a linguistic tool for missionary work among the Jews were apparently no longer pursued.

The far-reaching adaptation of missionaries to the rituals and customs of the peoples they wished to convert, as was the case for example with the Jesuit mission in China and India during the seventeenth century,6 was unthinkable in mission among the Jews. Whereas some pagan customs and rituals could be considered theologically neutral, at least to the extent that they allowed the missionaries to reconcile them with Christian practice, Jewish customs and rituals were overtly rejected by Christian dogma.

It was a discourse that both expressed and helped maintain the existing power relations between Jews and Christians, and the marginal place of the Jews within German culture and society. This form of “discursive” or “ideological” domination becomes especially evident when we examine the ways in which the Christian authors depicted the Jewish language and literature in their works. The second question in the book concerns how the Christian texts depict and represent the Yiddish language. Far from being neutral, matter-of-fact linguistic presentations, the Christian depictions of Yiddish were often shaped by their authors’ views of the Jewish culture and religion, as well as by underlying ideological motivations and agendas.

Download PDF sample

A Goy Who Speaks Yiddish: Christians and the Jewish Language in Early Modern Germany by Aya Elyada

by John

Rated 4.33 of 5 – based on 7 votes