Department of Jewish History,
JEREMY COHEN is the Abraham and Edita Spiegel
Family Foundation Professor of European Jewish History at
Over the years, Cohen’s research and publications have focused on various aspects of the interaction between Judaism and Christianity. Cohen has examined Christian anti-Judaism and Jewish-Christian polemic, as in his The Friars and the Jews: The Evolution of Medieval Anti-Judaism (1982) and in his edited collection, Essential Papers on Judaism and Christianity in Conflict: From Late Antiquity to the Reformation (1991). He has also researched the ambivalence and nuance that pervade Christian perceptions of the Jews; these topics are explored in Living Letters of the Law: Ideas of the Jew in Medieval Christianity (1999), and a collection that he edited, From Witness to Witchcraft: Jews and Judaism in Medieval Christian Thought (1996). The complexities of this ambivalence are compounded in the numerous traditions and ideas shared by the two European religions; some of these Cohen has explored in his “Be Fertile and Increase, Fill the Earth and Master It”: The Ancient and Medieval Career of a Biblical Text (1989), and in Sanctifying the Name of God: Jewish Martyrs and Jewish Memories of the First Crusade (2004). His latest book is Christ-Killers: The Jews and the Passion, from the Bible to the Big Screen, published by Oxford University Press in 2007.
Since the publication of Christ Killers, Cohen has edited two collections of essays: The Jewish Contribution to Civilization: Reassessing an Idea (edited with Richard I. Cohen, 2008), and Rethinking European Jewish History (edited with Moshe Rosman, 2009). His current research – funded by a four-year grant from the Israel Science Foundation – concerns Solomon ibn Verga’s Shevet Yehudah (The Rod of Judah), one of the most popular Hebrew books of the sixteenth century, which reacts to the persecution of Jews in late medieval Spain and Portugal with a retrospective on the tribulations endured by the Jewish people since the days of the Second Temple.
Over the years, Cohen’s research has also enjoyed the support of grants from the Danforth Foundation, the National Endowment of the Humanities, and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. His books have won four National Jewish Book Awards, as well as prizes from the American Catholic Historical Association, the Ohio Academy of History, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the Israel Historical Society. He recently completed a term as editor of Zion: A Quarterly for Research in Jewish History and is Associate Editor of The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies.
Department of Jewish History, Faculty of Humanities,
Phone: 972-3-6409342, 6409277 (office); fax: 972-3-6407287
· The Blood Libel in the Middle Ages
· The Historian’s Craft: Theory, Historiography, and Methodology
· History, Memory, and Literature in Medieval Jewish Civilization
· The Jewish-Christian Debate in the Middle Ages
· Jews and Christians in the Middle Ages
· The Jews and the Passion – from the Gospels to Gibson
· Judaism and Christianity in Conflict
· The Maimonidean Controversy
The Friars and the Jews:
The Evolution of Medieval Anti-Judaism,
winner of: National Jewish Book Award for scholarship, 1983
included in: ACLS Humanities E-Book collection
“Be Fertile and Increase, Fill the Earth and Master It”:
The Ancient and Medieval Career of a Biblical Text,
--National Jewish Book Award for scholarship, 1990
--American Catholic Historical Association, John Gilmary Shea Prize, 1990
Living Letters of the Law: Ideas of the Jew in Medieval
--Wischnitzer Prize in Jewish History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1999-2000
--National Jewish Book Award for scholarship, 2000
Hebrew translation: כעיוור במראה: היהודי בתפיסה הנוצרית בימי הביניים (
winner of: Zalman Shazar Prize in Jewish History, 2003
Sanctifying the Name of God: Jewish Martyrs and Jewish
Memories of the First Crusade,
Christ-Killers: The Jews and the Passion, from the Bible
to the Big Screen,
Essential Papers on Judaism and Christianity in Conflict:
From Late Antiquity to the Reformation,
From Witness to Witchcraft: Jews and Judaism in Medieval
Facing the Cross: The 1096 Persecutions in History and Historiography [in Hebrew], ed. Y.T. Assis, J. Cohen, A. Kedar, O. Limor, and M. Tokh, Jerusalem, Dinur Institute for Jewish History, 2000
Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies, ed.
winner of: National Jewish Book Award for scholarship, 2003
The Jewish Contribution to Civilization: Reassessing an
Rethinking European Jewish History, ed.
winner of: National Jewish Book Award for anthologies and collections, 2010
Remembering and Forgetting: Israeli Historians Look at
the Jewish Past, ed.
Policy towards the Jews from
“The Nasi of
“The Christian Adversary of Solomon ibn Adret,” Jewish Quarterly Review, n.s. 71 (1980), 48-55. Full Text
“Original Sin as the Evil Inclination--A Polemicist’s Appreciation of Human Nature,” Harvard Theological Review 73 (1980), 495-520. Full Text
“Jews as the Killers of Christ in the Latin Tradition, from Augustine to the Friars,” Traditio 39 (1983), 1-27.
“Philosophical Exegesis in Historical Perspective: The Case of the Binding of Isaac,” in Divine Omniscience and Omnipotence in Medieval Philosophy, ed. Tamar Rudavsky, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, D. Reidel Publishers, 1985, pp. 135-42.
“The Bible, Man, and Nature in the History of Western Thought: A Call for Reassessment,” Journal of Religion 65 (1985), 155-72. Full Text
“Scholarship and Intolerance in the Medieval Academy: The Study and Evaluation of Judaism in European Christendom,” American Historical Review 91 (1986), 592-613. Full Text
‘Medieval Anti-Semitism’: A Note on the Impact of Theology,” in History and
Hate: The Dimensions of Anti-Semitism, ed. David Berger,
“The Mentality of the Medieval Jewish Apostate: Peter Alfonsi, Hermann of Cologne, and Pablo Christiani,” in Jewish Apostasy in the Modern World, ed. T.M. Endelman, New York, Holmes & Meier Publishers, 1987, pp. 20-47.
“The Friars and
the Jews,” in The Many Sides of History:
“Recent Historiography on the Medieval Church and the Decline of European Jewry,” in Popes, Teachers, and Canon Law in the Middle Ages, ed. James Ross Sweeney and Stanley Chodorow, Ithaca, N.Y., Cornell University Press, 1989, pp. 251-62.
“Traditional Prejudice and Religious Reform: The Theological and Historical Foundations of Luther's Anti-Judaism,” in Antisemitism in Times of Crisis, ed. Steven Katz and Sander Gilman, New York, New York University Press, 1991, pp. 81-102.
in Essential Papers on Judaism and Christianity in Conflict, ed.
The Reproach of the Gentiles and the Development of Jewish Anti-Christian
Polemic,” in Shlomo Simonsohn Jubilee Volume: Studies on the History of the
Jews in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, ed.
“Towards a Functional Classification of Jewish Anti-Christian Polemic in the High Middle Ages,” in Religionsgesprache im Mittelalter, ed. Bernard Lewis and Friedrich Niewohner, Wiesbaden, Germany, Otto Harrassowitz Publishers, 1992, pp. 93-114.
“Rationales for Conjugal Sex in Ra’AbaD’s Ba‘alei ha-Nefesh,” Jewish History 6 (1992), 65-78.
“Medieval Jews on Christianity: Polemical
Strategies and Theological Defense,” in Interwoven Destinies: Jews and
Christians through the Ages, ed. Eugene J. Fisher,
“On Medieval Judaism and Medieval Studies,” in The Past and Future of Medieval Studies, ed. John Van Engen, Notre Dame, Ind., University of Notre Dame Press, 1994, pp. 73-93.
Martyrdom and Martyrology in the Hebrew Chronicles of
Seville’s Anti-Jewish Polemic: A Reevaluation,” in Proceedings of the Tenth
World Congress of Jewish Studies, (
“‘Witnesses of Our Redemption’: Jews in the Crusading Theology of Bernard of Clairvaux,” in Medieval Studies in Honour of Avrom Saltman, ed. Bat-Sheva Albert et al., Ramat Gan, Bar-Ilan University Press, 1995, pp. 67-81.
Connection: Muslim Influences on Christian Anti-Jewish Polemic in the Twelfth
Century” [in Hebrew], in
Connection, or, On the Changing Role of the Jew in High Medieval Theology,” in
From Witness to Witchcraft: Jews and Judaism in Medieval Christian Thought,
“Sexuality and Intentionality in Rabbinic Thought of the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries” [in Hebrew], Te‘udah 13 (1997), 155-172.
To ‘Be Fertile and Increase’ and Its Role in Religious Polemics” [in Hebrew],
in Sexuality and the Family in History: Collected Essays, ed.
“‘Slay Them Not’: Augustine and the Jews in Modern Scholarship,” Medieval Encounters 4 (1998), 78-92.
“Between Martyrdom and Apostasy: Doubt and Self-Definition in Twelfth-Century Ashkenaz,” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 29 (1999), 431-471. Full Text
Crusade Chronicles in Their Christian Cultural Context,” in Juden und
Christen zur Zeit der Kreuzzuge, ed. Alfred Haverkamp,
“The Second Disputation of Paris and Thirteenth-Century Jewish-Christian Polemic” [in Hebrew], Tarbiz 68 (1999), 557-579.
“The Crucified Jesus, Jewish Memory, and Counter-History” [in Hebrew], Zmanim 68-69 (1999-2000), 12-29.
Complex? Constructing the First Crusade
in Jewish Historical Memory, Medieval and Modern,” in Jews and Christians in
Twelfth-Century Europe, ed.
“Between History and Historiography: On the Study of the Persecutions and the Determination of Their Significance” [in Hebrew], in Facing the Cross: The 1096 Persecutions in History and Historiography, Jerusalem, Dinur Institute for Jewish History, 2000, pp. 16-31.
“Raymundus Martini's Capistrum Iudaeorum” [in Hebrew], in Me’ah She‘arim: Studies in Mediebal Jewish Spiritual Life in Memory of Isadore Twersky, ed. Ezra Fleischer et al., Jerusalem, Magnes Press, 2001, pp. 279-296.
“Christian Theology and Anti-Jewish Violence in the Middle Ages: Connections and Disjunctions,” in Religious Violence between Christians and Jews: Medieval Roots, Modern Perspectives, ed. Anna Sapir Abulafia, Palgrave Publishers, 2002, pp. 44-60.
“Synagoga Conversa: Honorius Augustodunensis, The Song of Songs, and Christianity’s Eschatological Jew,’” Speculum 79 (2004), 309-340. Full Text
“The Mystery of Israel’s Salvation: Romans 11:25-26 in Patristic and Medieval Exegesis,” Harvard Theological Review 98 (2005), 247-281. Full Text
“The Blood Libel in Solomon ibn Verga’s Shevet Yehudah,” in Jewish Blood: Reality and Metaphor in Jewish History, Religion, and Culture, ed. Mitchell Hart, London, Routledge, 2009, pp. 116-135.
“Augustine’s Doctrine of Jewish Witness Revisited,” Journal of Religion, 89 (2009),
564-578. Full Text
His Jewish Connections” [in Hebrew], in Rishonim ve-Achronim: Studies in
Jewish History Presented to Avraham Grossman, ed.
“‘The Guardian of
Israel neither Dozes nor Sleeps’: Exegesis, Polemics, and Politics in the Late
Medieval Jewish-Christian Encounter,” in Transforming Relations: Essays on
Jews and Christians throughout History in Honor of
Pluralism: The Jewish-Christian Debate in Solomon Ibn Verga’s Shevet
Yehudah,” forthcoming in Festschrift for
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