Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 03 August 2020

Abstract and Keywords

This article examines writing about spiritual identities in England during the medieval period. It is striking that the majority of literature produced on the subject of Jews in medieval England survives from those periods where there were no Jews living in the British Isles. The authors culled their ideas from a host of sources including the writings of the Church Fathers, from contemporary continental materials, from widespread cultural stereotypes. It explains the theme of special election in the Old and New Testaments and analyses Bede's Historia ecclesiastica that uses a densely layered comparison to highlight both the positive and negative options for the representation of the chosen Israelites.

Keywords: spiritual identities, England, medieval period, Jews, special election, Bede, Historia ecclesiastica, British Isles, Church Fathers, cultural stereotypes

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.