The Vale of Tears (Emek Habacha)

  • Authors
  • Joseph Hacohen
  • The Anonymous Corrector

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Joseph Hacohen, The Anonymous Corrector
    Pages 1-138
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 139-146

About this book

Introduction

There were several compelling reasons which prompted me to undertake the work of translating and commenting upon the Vale of Tears by Joseph Hacohen, the sixteenth century physician and historian. First of all, those of us who have been teaching in the area of the Middle Ages have noticed over the past several years a distinct upsurge of interest in the field. Consequently, a number of Medieval Institutes, non-denominational in character and attached to major universitites, have sprung up allover the United States to relate themselves to that age which witnessed - among trying once more other things - the unparalleled struggle between two power complexes, the Church and the State. Scholars will also have to consider the Jewish Middle Ages, interconnected with the Christian Middle Ages, which lasted much longer and far beyond the Renaissance in Europe. Most of them tended to gloss over this aspect of Western Civilization which found the Jew in the juggernaut between these two powers. Students of all faiths, ecumenically oriented and truthful to the point of self-abasement are now ready, without a sense of embarrassment, to discuss this long bleak period in the history of European man, where greed, envy, suspicion and religious fanaticism had triumphed over reason and piety. Yet, beyond all of this, there was another consideration which guided me in doing this tedious and often frustrating work: the knowledge of Hebrew has been on the decline in this country.

Keywords

Europe Medieval Literature Middle Ages Orient aspect church history history of literature knowledge reason renaissance truth

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-011-9572-0
  • Copyright Information Springer Science + Business Media B.V. 1971
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-011-8724-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-9572-0
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