The Historical Writings of Joseph of Rosheim

The Historical Writings of Joseph of Rosheim

Leader of Jewry in Early Modern Germany

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At some point during his life, Joseph (1478-1554) began to be known as Commander of the Jews in the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. He served as a judge at the rabbinical court, helped resolve disputes within the Jewish community, and negotiated on behalf of Jews with the larger society. He also wrote, and here are translations of his chronicle of events in the region from 1479 to 1544, and Letter of Consolation to the Jews of Hesse. Fraenkel-Goldschmidt died in March 1995 about a month after completing the manuscript. The translation from his Hebrew is by Naomi Schendowich; Adam Shear (Jewish history, U. of Pittsburgh) has edited the English edition. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Brill USA
Now in English translation, this critical edition of historical writings by Joseph of Rosheim, sixteenth-century leader of German Jewry, provides important information about the situation of the Jews in the early modern Holy Roman Empire as well as fascinating insights into Christian-Jewish relations in the Reformation period.

Blackwell North Amer
Joseph of Rosheim, sixteenth-century leader of the Jews in the Holy Roman Empire, left historical writings that are presented here in a critical edition published now for the first time in English translation. The principal part of the book is devoted to a Hebrew manuscript - a chronicle - left by R. Joseph, in which he describes incidents from the history of his life and that of the Jews in his day and age. R. Joseph writes with extreme terseness, often in cryptic language, and therefore his chronicle appears here with prefaces, background information and a commentary. The prefaces provide important information about the blood libels and the expulsions, the debate concerning Solomon Molcho's messianic ideas, and the influence R. Joseph exerted at the court of Emperor Charles V.
Particularly valuable for the study of Christian-Jewish relations in the Reformation period are two other documents printed here. The "Letter of Consolation," is a long epistle that R. Joseph wrote to the Jews of Hesse in 1541, advising them on how to cope with the harsh decrees enacted against them and discussing the attitudes of some leading Reformers towards the Jews. Also included in the book is his Letter to Strasbourg City Council of July 1543, which contains his response to Martin Luther's anti-Jewish tracts. This book can be considered a sequel to the critical edition (in Hebrew) of R. Joseph's large work, Sefer ha-Miknah, which Chava Fraenkel-Goldschmidt published in 1970.

Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2006
Edition: English ed
ISBN: 9789004153493
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 445 pages, [11] pages of plates) : illustrations


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