Perception and Awareness: Artefacts and Imageries in Medieval European Jewish Cultures

Katrin Kogman-Appel (Editor), Elisheva Baumgarten (Editor), Elisabeth Hollender (Editor), Ephraim Shoham-Steiner (Editor)

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What did the world look like for Jews living in medieval Europe? How did they perceive and make use of the elements of their daily life, from items on the street to religious iconography within holy spaces — in particular synagogues and at the exterior of churches — and profane elements from the home? And how did they experience the visual and material cultures of their non-Jewish neighbours?
These questions form the core of this volume, which explores pre-modern Jewish approaches to images and material objects from a variety of perspectives. From clothing to manuscripts, and from lighting devices to the understanding of the invisible, the chapters gathered together in this multifaceted volume combine analyses of images and artefacts together with in-depth analyses of texts to offer fresh insights into the visual cultures that informed the world of European Jews in the Middle Ages.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherBrepols Publishers
Number of pages360
ISBN (Electronic)9782503583952
ISBN (Print)9782503583945
StatePublished - Jan 2023

Publication series

NameMedieval Identities: Socio-Cultural Spaces
ISSN (Print)2565-8654


  • Cultural & intellectual history (c. 500-1500)
  • Illumination & illustration of books
  • Material culture
  • Medieval art history
  • Religious history (c. 500-1500)
  • History of the Jews & the Jewish diaspora


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