Friday, January 30, 2015

Review of Hoff, Friedman, Chazan, The Trial of the Talmud: Paris, 1240

H-JUDAIC REVIEW: Jean Connell Hoff, John Friedman, and Robert Chazan. The Trial of the Talmud: Paris, 1240. Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2012. ix + 182 pp. $19.95 (paper), ISBN 978-0-88844-303-8.

Reviewed by
Piero Capelli
Published on
H-Judaic (January, 2015)
Commissioned by
Jason Kalman

Disputation and Desecration: The Talmud Trial of 1240.
This volume is an excellent and up-to-date tool (esecially convenient for classes) on the Paris Talmud trial and its aftermath and on Jewish-Christian polemics in the Middle Ages in general, for both an academic and a nonacademic readership. In particular, we still have much to learn from research on the events of 1240 and the related Hebrew account.