The Jew, the Cathedral and the Medieval City: Synagoga and Ecclesia in the Thirteenth Century (BOK)

Nina Rowe

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In the thirteenth century, sculptures of Synagoga and Ecclesia - paired female personifications of the Synagogue defeated and the Church triumphant - became a favoured motif on cathedral facades in France and Germany. Throughout the preceding centuries, the Jews of northern Europe prospered financially and intellectually, a trend that ran counter to the long-standing Christian conception of Jews as relics of the prehistory of the Church. In this book, Nina Rowe examines the sculptures as defining elements in the urban Jewish-Christian encounter. She locates the roots of the Synagoga-Ecclesia motif in antiquity and explores the theme's public manifestations at the cathedrals of Reims, Bamberg, and Strasbourg, considering each example in relation to local politics and culture. Ultimately, she demonstrates that royal and ecclesiastical policies to restrain the religious, social, and economic lives of Jews in the early thirteenth century found a material analog in lovely renderings of a downtrodden Synagoga, placed in the public arena of the city square.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2011 Forfatter Nina Rowe
Forlag
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
ISBN 9780521197441
Antall sider 346 Dimensjoner 21,5cm x 25,3cm x 2,2cm
Vekt 970 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form European history, Jewish studies, Medieval history, Religious subjects depicted in art

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