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Rituals of childhood : Jewish acculturation in Medieval Europe

Author: Ivan G Marcus
Publisher: New Haven, Conn. : Yale University Press, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In medieval times, when a Jewish boy of five began religious schooling, he was carried from home to a teacher and placed on the teacher's lap. He was then asked to recite the Hebrew alphabet and lick honey from the slate on which it was written, to eat magically inscribed cooked peeled eggs and cakes, to recite an incantation against a demon of forgetfulness, and then to go down to the riverbank with the teacher,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ivan G Marcus
ISBN: 0300059981 9780300059984 0300076584 9780300076585
OCLC Number: 32859872
Description: x, 191 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: ritual and medieval Jewish cultural history --
The initiation rite --
Ancient Jewish pedagogy --
Food magic and mnemonic gestures --
Symbolic readings --
Childhood initiations into religious cultures.
Responsibility: Ivan G. Marcus.

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This work studies the rite of passage that a Jewish boy would go through in medieval times when he began his schooling at the age of five. The rite is analyzed from different perspectives, making use  Read more...

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