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On the Word of a Jew: Religion, Reliability, and the Dynamics of Trust

edited by Nina Caputo and Mitchell B. Hart
Format
Book
Published
Bloomington, Indiana : Indiana University Press, [2019]
Language
English
ISBN
9780253037398, 0253037395, 9780253037404, 0253037409
Summary
"What, if anything, does religion have to do with reliability? When and how did religious difference matter when it came to trusting the word of another? In today's world, we take it for granted that being Jewish should not matter when it comes to acting or engaging in the public realm, but this was not always the case. The essays in this volume look at how and when Jews became reliable and trustworthy in the areas of jurisprudence, medicine, politics, academia, culture, business, and finance. As they explore issues of trust and mistrust, they reveal how the caricature of the Jew and Jews move through religious, political, and legal systems. While the volume is framed as an exploration of Jewish and Christian relations, it grapples with perceptions of Jews and Jewishness from the biblical period to today, from the Middle East to North America, and from Ashkenazi and Sephardi traditions. Taken together these essays reflect on a mechanics of trust, and sometimes mistrust, in everyday interactions involving Jews."--
Contents
  • Introduction: on the word of a Jew, or trusting Jewish history / Nina Caputo and Mitchell B. Hart
  • Oaths, vows, and trust in the Bible / Robert S. Kawashima
  • "And in most of their business transactions they rely on this": some reflections on Jews and oaths in the commercial arena in Medieval Europe / Ephraim Shoham-Steiner
  • The oath of a Jew in the thirteenth century English legal context / Joshua Curk
  • What is an infidel?: Jewish oaths and Jewish history in the making of English trust and tolerance / Mitchell B. Hart
  • Trusting Adolphe Crémieux: Jews and republicans in nineteenth-century France / Lisa Leff
  • "A kind of republic and neutral nation": commerce, credit, and conspiracy in early Modern Europe / Joshua Teplitsky
  • Jewish peddlers and non-Jewish customers in the new world: between profit and trust / Hasia Diner
  • Belonging and trustworthiness: Jewish businessmen in the public rhetoric around the "trustworthy businessman" in post-World War I Germany / Stefanie Fischer
  • The voice of a Jew? Petrus Alfonsi's Dialogi contra judaeos and the question of true conversion / Nina Caputo
  • A return to credibility? The rehabilitation of repentant apostates in Medieval Ashkenaz / Rachel Furst
  • The Jewish physician as respondent, confidant, and proxy: the case of Marcus Herz and Immanuel Kant / Robert Leventhal
  • Perspectives from the periphery: ehe East India Company's Jewish sepoys, Anglo-Jewry, and the image of "the Jew" / Mitch Numark
  • Between honor and authenticity: Zionism as Theodor Herzl's life-project / Derek Jonathan Penslar
  • The most trusted Jew in America: Jon Stewart's earnestness / Shaina Hammerman.
Description
ix, 323 pages ; 23 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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