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Translated from the French, based on a lecture delivered in 1983 and 1988. Following a chapter outlining the relations between Jews and the rulers of the Byzantine Empire and of the Church over the centuries, analyzes the depiction of Jews in Byzantine art. Although the Jews of Byzantium were subject to forced conversions and persecutions, particularly during the earlier centuries, they were depicted realistically in the art works in contrast to the distorted, grotesque, and frightening images of Western Christendom. The depiction of Jews in Byzantine art was not of a people ridiculed and demonized (as they were in the West) but as a people connected with the biblical tradition of which Byzantine Christianity was a part. Concludes that the image of the Jew in the Byzantine world is fundamentally different from that of the Jew in the West; it is a testimony to rich contacts with the Jewish world which are expressed in the authenticity of the images. (From the Bibliography of the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism)

Title The image of the Jew in Byzantine art / by Elisabeth Revel-Neher
translated from the French by David Maizel.
Publisher Oxford : Published or the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism SICSA, Hebrew University of Jerusalem by Pergamon Press
Creation Date 1992
Notes Includes index.
Bibliography: p. 115-123.
Series Studies in antisemitism
Format xxvii, 133 p., [40] pages of plates : ill. (some color), facsims., plan
23 cm.
Language English
Identifier ISBN0080406556
System Number 990012011760205171

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