Jewish/non-Jewish Relations – Between Exclusion and Embrace

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An innovative online teaching resource with challenging and interesting primary sources that will be very useful to anybody studying the relations between Jews and non-Jews. (Dr Yaacov Deutsch, Executive Director, World Union of Jewish Studies)

This is a great resource for university teachers and students alike. It is indispensable for anyone teaching Jewish-Christian relations, or, as I often do, medieval Jewish history. A fantastic service to the field! (Professor Katja Vehlow, Jewish Studies, University of South Carolina)

Recommended for anyone looking for primary sources on Jewish-non-Jewish relations.(Professor Michael Miller, Jewish Studies, Central European University)

Jews have always lived in close proximity with other ethnic and religious groups. By studying the relations between Jews and non-Jews from different perspectives, we can learn a lot about members of majority and minority cultures engaged with each other on a day-to-day level.

Studying the relations between Jews and non-Jews has many methodological challenges. It is by definition interdisciplinary and has a broad scope. It can be a difficult field to teach because of a lack of accessible material available.

This project aims to provide an innovative teaching resource to enable and foster the teaching of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations at undergraduate and postgraduate level. It brings together primary sources from all periods of history in their original languages along with English translations, introductions, and commentaries on each source, written by experts in the fields, and also offers suggestions for classroom discussion and further reading.

The primary sources include legends, letters, reports, music, film, and other genres. They address sometimes difficult or delicate issues, in the understanding that apologetics have no place in serious academic engagement. They provide often surprising, and sometimes rather amusing, insights into how Jews and non-Jews regarded themselves and each other.

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