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Review: Joseph of Rosheim / ר' יוסף איש רוסהיים

Reviewed Works: ר' יוסף איש רוסהיים — כתבים היסטוריים by חוה פרנקל-גולדשמידט; Joseph of Rosheim — Historical Writings by Chava Fraenkel-Goldschmidt
Review by: אריק זימר , Eric Zimmer
Tarbiẕ / תרביץ
כרך סו‎, חוברת ב‎ (טבת-אדר תשנ"ז), pp. 279-287
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23599961
Page Count: 9
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Joseph of Rosheim / ר' יוסף איש רוסהיים
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Abstract

The historical writings of Joseph of Rosheim are well known and have been investigated by scholars. His life and work were the subject of a popular novel by Marcus Lehman, and his 'Chronicle' was published by I. Kracauer, both over one hundred years ago. L. Feilchenfeld and S. Stern presented definitive works, Stern providing an exclusive biography and Feilchenfeld valuable additional archival data. Chava Fraenkel-Goldschmidt herself published a critical edfition of Joseph of Rosheim's Sefer ha-Mikne. The new volume contains complete critical editions of Joseph's 'Chronicle' and his 'Letter of Consolation'. It also includes extensive notes and relevant bibliographical data. In addition, Fraenkel-Goldschmidt analyses the data from a socio-historical perspective, and adds a working apparatus to the text proper. All these features enhance the edition of the 'Chronicle' immensely. The 'Letter of Consolation' is presented in the original German with a Hebrew translation and is prefaced by an insightful introduction. The work concludes with appendices containing additional archival material, a glossary of foreign terms and very useful indices. In order to determine the major contribution of Chava Fraenkel-Goldschmidt's oeuvre, the review attempts to compare this new edition and its ancillary analyses with some of the earlier studies on Joseph of Rosheim. The caution that Fraenkel-Goldschmidt exercises in her analyses and the plethora of primary and secondary sources which she examaines, lead her to some modifications of the conlusions of previous scholars. The present edition almost completes the publication of the major historiographical works of Joseph of Rosheim. It will undoubtedly become a major tool for scholars of his work and aid to a comprehensive understanding of his period.

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