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'God wants it!'; the ideology of martyrdom in the Hebrew crusade chronicles and its Jewish and Christian background.

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'God wants it!'; the ideology of martyrdom in the Hebrew crusade chronicles and its Jewish and Christian background.

Roos, Lena.

Brepols Publishers

2006

419 pages

$96.00

Hardcover

Medieval church studies; 6

BM176

Roos examines this relatively little-known period in the first months of the First Crusade, in which crusaders briefly turned their passion for Jerusalem into a passion for converting and killing Jews. Using Latin accounts, three Hebrew Chronicles and a number of Hebrew liturgical poems, she finds new ideas about Jewish martyrdom that differ significantly from those written by Jews living under Arab rule. The result begins to answer important questions about how Jews understood their fate in a vicious age. Distributed in North America by The David Brown Book Co.

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