Polish attitudes towards Jewish spirituality in the eighteenth century

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Notes the rise in of interest in Jews and Judaism in 18th-century Polish popular literature and clerical writings. This interest took two forms: a genuine interest and an antisemitic one. The latter lent support to anti-Jewish traditions in Polish society and interpretations of Jewish religious practices as diabolical. An example is Gaudenty Pikulski's "Jewish Malice towards God, Man, Truth and Conscience", which was influenced by Frankist arguments against the Talmud and regarding the truth of the blood libel accusations. Concludes that both approaches to Judaism were utilitarian and served to support traditional Christian polemical arguments against Judaism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-85
Number of pages9
JournalPolin: Studies in Polish Jewry
StatePublished - 2002

RAMBI Publications

  • Rambi Publications
  • Jews -- Poland -- History -- 18th century
  • Antisemitism -- Poland -- History -- 18th century
  • Christianity and antisemitism -- Poland -- History
  • Judaism -- Relations -- Christianity -- 18th century
  • Christianity and other religions -- Judaism -- History -- 18th century


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