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God, Humanity, and HistoryThe Hebrew First Crusade Narratives$
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Robert Chazan, Helen F. Siu, and Donald Sutton

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520221277

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520221277.001.0001

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God, Humanity, and History

God, Humanity, and History

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God, Humanity, and History

Robert Chazan

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the remarkable view of the interplay between God and humanity in shaping the course of history that is presented in the Jewish narratives. It notes that Jewish tradition had seen history as a result of the interaction of the human and the divine. It also states that the timeless objectives of the Hebrew First Crusade narratives were shaped by both Christian insistence that the 1096 catastrophe was a sign of divine rejection of the Jews and the normal human desire to restructure tragedy through understanding. The discussion in this chapter is focused on the Mainz Anonymous, although several striking and illustrative material from the Cologne unit and editorial views in the Solomon bar Nathan Chronicle and the Eliezer bar Nathan Chronicle are included.

Keywords:   God, humanity, history, Jewish narratives, Jewish tradition, timeless objectives, First Crusade narratives

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