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What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing with a Priest Like This? Biography, Jewish Studies, and Gentile Subjects

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Publication Date: January 2007

Publisher(s): Association for Jewish Studies; Association for Jewish Studies

Author(s): Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall; Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall

Series: AJS Perspectives: The Newsletter of the Association for Jewish Studies, Spring 2007, pp.30-32.

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Social conditions (History)

Keywords: History; Judaic Studies; Tolerance; Antisemitism

Type: Report


The author writes about her doctoral thesis, a biography of French Revolution-era Catholic priest Henir Gregoire. She discusses some of the advantages of the biographical approach to history, as well as some of the advantages to studying certain non-Jewish figures in order better to understand Jewish history.