Crossing the Jabbok
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Goldberg, Sylvie Anne.

Crossing the Jabbok

Abstract: To date, remarkably little research attention has been paid to the development of Jewish beliefs and rituals about illness and death. Crossing the Jabbok presents an illuminating study of such views and practices among Ashkenazi Jews (1500s-1800s) and is one of the first works to apply history of mentalites methods to a topic in Jewish cultural studies. Focusing on Prague, then the center of Central and Western European Jewry, the author draws on a rich array of materials to explore what was distinctively Jewish about the approach of Jews to sickness and dying. Her discoveries shed new light on the institution of the hevra kaddisha, or burial society, and many existing customs.

Title and contributions: Crossing the Jabbok : illness and death in Ashkenazi Judaism in sixteenth- through ninteenth-century Prague / Sylvie Anne Goldberg ; translated by Carol Cosman.

Publication: Berkeley : University of California Press, c1996.

Physical description: xvii, 303 pages, 14 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.

Series: Contraversions: critical studies in Jewish literature, culture, and society ; 3

ISBN: 0520081498 (alk. paper)

Publication date:1996-1989

Language: English (language of the text, soundtrack, etc..)

Other titles:
  • Deux rives du Yabbok. 1996



Classifications: 296.4/45/0943712 (20)

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  • Type of Publication Date: Publication Dates 1 and 2: monograph with both actual and copyright/privilege date
  • Publication Date: 1996-1989

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