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Cultural ExchangeJews, Christians, and Art in the Medieval Marketplace$
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Joseph Shatzmiller

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691156996

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691156996.001.0001

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Jewish Craftsmanship at the Service of the Church

Jewish Craftsmanship at the Service of the Church

(p.141) Chapter Seven Jewish Craftsmanship at the Service of the Church
Cultural Exchange

Joseph Shatzmiller

Princeton University Press

This chapter illustrates Jewish artists and craftsmen working together for the Church and its institutions. This is unexpected, because even current historiography is still centered on instances of tension and dispute and has the story of hostility as its central preoccupation. To be sure, historians are not pointing readers in the wrong direction since much of the relations in the past were unfortunately marked by persecutions and massive bloodshed. But this study prepares the readers to encounter instances of tolerance, of humanity, and of collaboration that existed then, as surely as they exist now. Ample documentation points to Jewish silversmiths, bookbinders, painters, and coral craftsmen helping Christians decorate their devotional articles.

Keywords:   Jewish artists, church, Christians, hostility, tolerance, humanity, devotional articles

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