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Popes and Jews, 1095–1291$
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Rebecca Rist

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198717980

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198717980.001.0001

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The Papacy and the Place of Jews in Christian Society

The Papacy and the Place of Jews in Christian Society

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(p.207) 6 The Papacy and the Place of Jews in Christian Society
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Popes and Jews, 1095–1291
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Rebecca Rist

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198717980.003.0007

This chapter discusses the place of Jews in Christian society. It examines the papacy’s unequivocal condemnation of forced baptism, but also its encouragement of converts from Judaism to remain in the Christian faith. This chapter also discusses how the papacy’s desire to direct Christian treatment of Jews through the ecclesiastical courts inevitably led to significant clashes with secular authorities who also claimed authority over ‘their Jews’, while increasingly in the thirteenth century the newly-established mendicant orders encouraged popes to demand that Jews be compelled to listen to conversionary sermons. It compares and contrast the language of papal rhetoric with that of other types of contemporary Christian rhetoric and polemic, not least the influential missionary preaching of the friars.

Keywords:   Christian society, secular authorities, conversion, converts, mendicant orders, friars, conversionary sermons, preaching, papal rhetoric, Christian polemic

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