The Unknown Neighbour: The Jew in the Thought of Isidore of Seville

The Jew in the Thought of Isidore of Seville
Brill (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 15. Februar 2006
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 387 Seiten
978-90-04-14964-9 (ISBN)
This analysis of the theological positions of Isidore of Seville provides new insights into the political instrumentalization of religion in Visigothic Spain. Catholicism served as the main component of the "proto-national" agenda of the Gothic monarchy.
  • Englisch
  • Leiden
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  • Niederlande
  • Für Beruf und Forschung
  • laminiert
  • Höhe: 243 mm
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  • Breite: 164 mm
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  • Dicke: 30 mm
  • 857 gr
978-90-04-14964-9 (9789004149649)
9004149643 (9004149643)
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Wolfram Drews, Dr.phil. (2001) in Medieval History (Freie Universitat, Berlin), holds the chair in medieval history at the University od Munster. He has been a Research Fellow at Bonn University (Reallexikon fur Antike und Christentum) and has published extensively on late antique and medieval Spanish history, as well as on the history of Judaism.
List of Abbreviations Preface Introduction Chapter 1. The problem: Parameters of identity in Visigothic Spain Chapter 2. Isidore of Seville's de fide catholica contra Iudaeos 2.1. Structure 2.2. Argument 2.2.1. Sources The biblical text fathers 2.2.2.Method 2.3. Theology 2.3.1. Fides 2.3.2.Sacraments 2.3.3.Conversion 2.4. The addressees of Isidore's anti-Jewish treatise Chapter 3. Isidore's attitude towards Judaism 3.1. A stereotypical image 3.2. The relationship between Jews and gentiles 3.3. The present position of the Jews in the economy of salvation 3.4. Eschatology 3.5. Ecclesiology 3.6. The theological position of Jews and Judaism in Isidore's entire corpus 3.7. Isidore's position compared to other patristic authors Chapter 4. Isidore's position on contemporary Jewish policies 4.1. Forced baptism and its consequences 4.2. The role of force and free will in conversion 4.3. "The Jew" as an outsider: the Catholic nation 4.4. Anti-Judaism as cultural and political "capital" Chapter 5. Conclusion 5.1. De fide catholica within the context of Isidore's theological argument 5.2. The reception of Isidore's anti-Jewish treatise 5.3. Catholic faith, Jews, and Spanish identity Bibliography Sources Secondary literature Index
This book provides a detailed analysis of Isidore of Seville's attitude towards Jews and Judaism. Starting out from his anti-Jewish work 'De fide catholica contra Iudaeos', the author puts Isidore's argument into the context of his entire literary production. Furthermore, he explores the place of Isidore's thinking within the contemporary situation of Visigothic Spain, investigating the political functionalization of religion, most particularly the forced baptisms ordered by King Sisebut, whose advisor Isidore was thought to have been. It becomes clear that Isidore's primary goal is to produce a new "Gothic" identity for the recently established Catholic "nation" of Visigothic Spain; to this end he uses anti-Jewish stereotypes inherited from the tradition of Catholic anti-Judaism.

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