By Simone Hallstein, Historisches Institut, Universität zu Köln
Historically, research on medieval urban history has been divided into two distinct traditions: Either focusing on Christians or Jews, even if the same medieval sources were used. But in numerous places, Christians and Jews not only coexisted, but they were also in regular close contact and shared their daily life.
You can now read Dana Fishkin’s review of Accounting for the Commandments in Medieval Judaism: Studies in Law, Philosophy, Pietism and Kabbalah ed. by Jeremy P. Brown and Marc Herman. Études sur le judaïsme médiéval 86 (Leiden: Brill, 2021).
Christoph Cluse has published his German review of Rainer J. Barzens’ Taqqanot Qehillot Šum. Die Rechtssatzungen der jüdischen Gemeinden Mainz, Worms und Speyer im hohen und späten Mittelalter. 2 vols. Monumenta Germaniae Historica. Hebräische Texte aus dem mittelalterlichen Deutschland, 2 (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2019.
You can now read Katrin Kogman-Appel’s review of Mordechai Z. Cohen’s The Rule of “Peshat.” Jewish Constructions of the Plain Sense of Scripture and Their Christian and Muslim Contexts, 900–1270 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020).
At the beginning of this year, a mikveh was discovered in Chemnitz during archaeological investigations on the edge of the Chemnitz city center. It is a brick structure with a rectangular basin into which two steps lead down. Neither the archaeological context nor the construction method allows concrete conclusions about the age; the mikveh seems to be late medieval or early modern.