Dean Bell, Re-Narrating Jewish and Christian Relations: Early Modern Germany through the Lens of Environmental History

Dean Bell
Dean Bell
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Early Modern Studies Program
Thursday, November 3, 2011

5:30 pm

Dean Bell, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies

The lachrymose nature of Jewish history has received a good deal of critical re-evaluation over the past several decades, with important and innovative studies shedding light on a range of Jewish and Christian relations throughout medieval and early modern Europe. Still, most historical accounts rely on close or creative re-readings of standard texts, including theological and legal works, as well as increasingly a range of archival documents that preserve noteworthy court cases.

In this presentation Professor Bell will examine a range of sources infrequently considered in the context of Jewish and Christian relations and ask how reflections on environment and responses to natural disasters might allow us to peer in on Jewish and Christian interactions in what is ostensibly a “neutral” or shared field of experience and during times of crisis. Such an examination may allow for a nuanced re-contextualization of the rich range of Jewish and Christian relations in early modern Germany.

Learn more about the speaker: Dean Bell, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies.