Description

A relatively considerable number of images pertaining to the Jewish wedding survived from medieval to early modern Germany. These are to be found in Hebrew illuminated manuscripts, illustrated books of customs (Minhagim-Bücher), decorated Torah binders (Wimpeln), and selected wedding artifacts. However, the most captivating and curious visual evidence on the various stages and customs of the Jewish wedding in Germany is not found in Jewish sources but in the work of eighteenth century Christian Hebraists. Despite the clear anti-Semitic overtones in their work, the images inserted in their books provide rare and significant insights into Jewish practices, folk beliefs and traditions, interior views and intimate moments, and other rare glimpses into Jewish life in contemporary Germany.

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  • Images of the Jewish Wedding

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http://wesscholar.wesleyan.edu/emw/emw2007/

Start Date

20-8-2007 9:00 AM

Location

University of Maryland, College Park, MD

 
Aug 20th, 9:00 AM

The Image of the Jewish Wedding in the Works of Eighteenth Century German Hebraists

University of Maryland, College Park, MD

A relatively considerable number of images pertaining to the Jewish wedding survived from medieval to early modern Germany. These are to be found in Hebrew illuminated manuscripts, illustrated books of customs (Minhagim-Bücher), decorated Torah binders (Wimpeln), and selected wedding artifacts. However, the most captivating and curious visual evidence on the various stages and customs of the Jewish wedding in Germany is not found in Jewish sources but in the work of eighteenth century Christian Hebraists. Despite the clear anti-Semitic overtones in their work, the images inserted in their books provide rare and significant insights into Jewish practices, folk beliefs and traditions, interior views and intimate moments, and other rare glimpses into Jewish life in contemporary Germany.

This presentation is for the following text(s):

  • Images of the Jewish Wedding

Click here to view the video.

http://fordham.bepress.com/emw/emw2007/emw2007/3