Martyrs of 1096 "On Site"
Publication Date: January 2009
Series: AJS Perspectives: The Newsletter of the Association for Jewish Studies, Spring 2009, pp.22-24.
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: History; Religion; Culture; Antisemitism
The author examines Shlomo bar Shiimshon's account of the Jewish mass suicide-martyrdom at Xanten in 1096, comparing it with the account of Eliezer bar Nathan, and drawing parallels between Shlomo's theological justifications of suicide martyrdom and the local Christian cult of the martyr St. Vincent.