History and Folklore in a Medieval Jewish Chronicle:The by Robert Bonfil

By Robert Bonfil

Composed in Hebrew in Capua, Italy in 1054, the family members chronicle of Ahima'az continues to be probably the most vital ancient assets of medieval Jewish lifestyles, folklore, tradition, and mentalités in Western Europe, specially within the so-called Ashkenazi region. As such, it offers a wealthy source to students of medieval heritage, cultural reports, gender reviews, and anthropology. during this e-book Robert Bonfil presents an in depth old advent and new English translation of the chronicle. Readers an expert in Hebrew also will drastically enjoy the new, vocalized serious version of the Hebrew textual content, skillfully organize in entrance of the interpretation.

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We shall return to this aspect of theatrical performance within the synagogal space. 93 For historical writing as compilation in the Chronicle of Ahima #az, see §1, nn. 8 and 13, . §61, n. 585. 87 88 the text and its context 33 there is much more than that. 94 The nature of the content of the paradigmatic message which the author was anxious to convey, as well as the ways of establishing a viable ideal platform for its effective deliverance to the audience will be addressed in detail in the following chapters.

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Malakhi, Studies, 22. 36 Since this genre became part of current terminology, especially in connection with medieval Iceland, as recollection of various kinds of family memories, saga may indeed be perceived as a characteristic way of storytelling, a composition in which different literary genres coalesce according to the specific matters interwoven into the narrative: it may at once be history, a chronicle, hagiography, genealogy, mythical storytelling, or romance. As such, the term was indeed quite naturally applied within the Icelandic semantic sphere to a variety of works that in others would have been differently characterized: the translation of a part of the Book of Maccabees (saga of the Jews), a special version of Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia regum Britanniae (sagas of the Britons), the Life of the Virgin Mary, and so on.

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