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Living Together, Living Apart:
Rethinking Jewish-Christian Relations in the Middle Ages
Jonathan Elukin

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"This concise, provocative, and frequently speculative volume is yet another salvo against what Salo Baron famously labeled 'the lachrymose conception of Jewish history.' . . . Elukin's book is a welcome contribution."--Jonathan Boyarin, Speculum

"Elukin displays a commendable knowledge of current literature on a variety of topics. . . . However, this is a commendable effort and a welcome contribution to our understanding of medieval Jewish-Christian relations."--Norman Roth, American Historical Review

"Elukin's treatment of the Jewish-Christian relations in medieval Europe is an excellent contribution to the discussion of the subject. . . . Elukin's emphasis on the need to read the sources critically in the light of the medieval background is a salutatory reminder for professionals in the field, but it also makes this book an excellent choice for a textbook in medieval Jewish history."--Stephen G. Burnett, Central European History

"Elukin knows how to tell a good story. He has condensed one thousand years of Jewish life in Christian Europe into a short, readable narrative."--Daniel J. Lasker, Hebraic Political Studies

"The question that Elukin asks is the right one. The paradox of Jewish persecution and simultaneous survival in medieval Europe demands to be addressed. . . . [I]n broaching the subject of more positive relations, Elukin succeeds in opening the door for historians to embrace this paradox head-on."--Sarah Lamm, Shofar

"The strength of this book lies in its lucid narrative and broad historical arc. As such, it can function as an introduction to the Jewish Middle Ages for undergraduate students--the purpose for which it was, in fact, written. Seen from that angle (and accompanied by much critical guidance), it becomes a valuable resource, providing a fresh look at many of the most important texts about Jewish-Christian relations in an idiom and from a mindset that is accessible for today's students."--Pinchas Roth, Journal of Jewish Studies


"This book offers a much-needed corrective to nearly every treatment of medieval European Jewish history. Instead of an emphasis on persecution and different theories about its sources in church or state policies or in popular anti-Semitism leading to the expulsions of 1290, 1306, and 1492, Elukin proposes a paradigm shift that stresses the everyday convivencia of Jews and Christians who lived side by side most of the time. This book seeks to overturn a dominant view about Christian persecution of Jews in the Middle Ages, reinforced for over fifty years by the Holocaust."--Ivan G. Marcus, Yale University

"This book analyzes the circumstances of Jewish life in medieval Europe in such a way as to explain how Jews managed to survive in Europe at all. Elukin argues that when all the evidence is considered, Jews and Christians did not live in a state of continuous hostility, nor were Jews constantly in danger of annihilation by their Christian neighbors. He really challenges the master narrative of a continuous Christian persecution of Jews whose logical and inevitable conclusion was the Shoah. Elukin will also irritate a lot of people who believe this, but he will be right and they wrong."--Edward Peters, University of Pennsylvania

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