Bible and politics: a correspondence between Rabbenu Tam and the authorities of Champagne

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The subject heading “the authorities in Champagne asked rabbenu tam about three matters” appears in two manuscripts containing biblical commen-taries by the French tosafists, close to the commentary to genesis 5:24 (“Enoch walked with god, then he was no more, for god took him”). the writer concludes the correspondence by noting: “this is what rabbenu tam, may his abode in the garden of Eden be honored, replied to the authorities as he saw fit.”
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationEntangled Histories
Subtitle of host publicationknowledge, authority, and Jewish culture in the thirteenth century
EditorsElisheva Baumgarten, Ruth Mazo Karras, Kathelyn Mesler
Place of PublicationPhiladelphia
PublisherUniversity of Pennsylvania Press
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9780812248685
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

NameJewish culture and contexts
PublisherUniversity of Pennsylvania

RAMBI publications

  • rambi
  • Bible -- Commentaries -- History and criticism
  • Bible and politics -- France -- History
  • Champagne-Ardenne (France) -- Ethnic relations
  • Jews -- France -- Champagne -- History
  • Tam, Jacob ben Meir -- approximately 1100-1171


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