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The Resource A remembrance of His wonders : nature and the supernatural in medieval Ashkenaz, David I. Shyovitz

A remembrance of His wonders : nature and the supernatural in medieval Ashkenaz, David I. Shyovitz

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A remembrance of His wonders : nature and the supernatural in medieval Ashkenaz
Title
A remembrance of His wonders
Title remainder
nature and the supernatural in medieval Ashkenaz
Statement of responsibility
David I. Shyovitz
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Language
eng
Summary
The twelfth and thirteenth centuries witnessed an explosion of Christian interest in the meaning and workings of the natural world-a "discovery of nature" that profoundly reshaped the intellectual currents and spiritual contours of European society-yet to all appearances, the Jews of medieval northern Europe ("Ashkenaz") were oblivious to the shifts reshaping their surrounding culture. Scholars have long assumed that rather than exploring or contemplating the natural world, the Jews of medieval Ashkenaz were preoccupied solely with the supernatural and otherworldly: magic and mysticism, demonology and divination, as well as the zombies, werewolves, dragons, flying camels, and other monstrous and wondrous creatures that destabilized any pretense of a consistent and encompassing natural order. David I. Shyovitz disputes this long-standing and far-reaching consensus. Analyzing a wide array of neglected Ashkenazic writings on the natural world in general, and the human body in particular, Shyovitz shows how Jews in Ashkenaz integrated regnant scientific, magical, and mystical currents into a sophisticated exploration of the boundaries between nature and the supernatural. Ashkenazic beliefs and practices that have often been seen as signs of credulity and superstition in fact mirrored-and drew upon-contemporaneous Christian debates over the relationship between God and the natural world
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Cataloging source
PU/DLC
Dewey number
296.3094/0902
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BM316
LC item number
.S59 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Jewish culture and contexts
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A remembrance of His wonders : nature and the supernatural in medieval Ashkenaz, David I. Shyovitz
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-323) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
336 pages
Isbn
9780812249118
Lccn
2016048007
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)960291632
Label
A remembrance of His wonders : nature and the supernatural in medieval Ashkenaz, David I. Shyovitz
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-323) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
336 pages
Isbn
9780812249118
Lccn
2016048007
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)960291632

Library Locations

    • Harold B. Lee Library Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 84602, US
      40.249156 -111.649242
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