History ETDs

Publication Date

Fall 11-13-2017


Christians constantly borrowed the culture of their Jewish neighbors and adapted it to Christianity. This adoption and appropriation of Jewish culture can be fit into three phases. The first phase regarded Jewish religion and philosophy. From the eighth century to the thirteenth century, Christians borrowed Jewish religious exegesis and beliefs in order to expand their own understanding of Christian religious texts. This phase came to an end as Jews and Christians came into increasingly close contact in the twelfth and thirteenth century. This led to a backlash by Christians in power. The second phase ran concurrent with the end of the first phase. As Christians and Jews came into closer contact, they began sharing experiences and cultures beyond the realm of theology. In the third and final phase, only marginalized Christians such as magicians continued to appropriate Jewish culture.

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First Committee Member (Chair)

Sarah Davis-Secord

Second Committee Member

Timothy Graham

Third Committee Member

Michael Ryan




Judaism, Christianity, Kabbalah

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