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date: 15 September 2019

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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

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