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By Robert Chazan

through the process the 12th century, expanding numbers of Jews migrated into dynamically constructing western Christendom from Islamic lands. The energy that attracted them additionally offered a problem: Christianity - from early in its historical past - had proclaimed itself inheritor to a failed Jewish neighborhood and therefore the power of western Christendom was once either beautiful and dangerous to the Jewish immigrants. certainly, western Christendom was once getting into a part of severe missionising job, a few of which used to be directed on the long term Jewish citizens of Europe and the Jewish novices. This 2003 learn examines the innovations of persuasion followed through the Jewish polemicists with a view to reassure their Jewish readers of the reality of Judaism and the mistake of Christianity. on the very private point, those Jewish authors sketched out for his or her fellow Jews a comparative portrait of Christian and Jewish societies - the previous strong yet irrational and morally debased, the latter the susceptible yet moderate and morally increased - urging that the most obvious and good choice used to be Judaism.

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