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Lessons in Contempt: Poul Ræff’s Translation and Publication in 1516 of Johannes Pfefferkorn’s The Confession of the Jews
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Scandinavian Languages.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3890-4630
2013 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Published in 1516, Poul Ræff's Iudeorum Secreta, a translation of Johannes Pfefferkorn's The Conlession of the Jews, was a landmark in the development of anti-Jewish polemics in Denmark.

For the first time, Danes were presented with descriptions of Jewish ceremonies that aimed to portray these practices as dangerously anti-Christian, superstitious and deviating from 'real' Biblical Judaism. Contemporary Judaism is described as a rabbinical construction that is worthy of nothing but ridicule and mockery.  Lessons in Contempt explores this key text that comprises a valuable source for a range of academic disciplines: the history of antisemitism, the study of Jewish-Christian relations, social history, the history of religious culture, and medieval and early modern Danish language and literature.

This book includes an outline of how Jews were portrayed in medieval Danish vernacular literature; a description of Pfefferkorn's life and works; a discussion of Ræff's translation and publication of Iudeorum Secreta; a presentation of the language and style of the Danish version, as well as an edition of the text together with the Latin original, an English translation and an extensive commentary.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Odense: Syddansk Universitetsforlag, 2013. , xvi + 353 p.
Keyword [en]
anti-Judaism, medieval Danish literature, medieval Danish language, Johannes Pfefferkorn, Poul Ræff
National Category
Specific Languages History History of Religions
Research subject
Scandinavian Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-194450ISBN: 978-8776-746803OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-194450DiVA: diva2:605548
Available from: 2013-02-14 Created: 2013-02-14 Last updated: 2016-05-11

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