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Law’s Dominion: Jewish, Community, Religion, and Family in Early Modern Metz. Leiden : Brill Academic Publishers, 2020.

Law’s Dominion: Jewish, Community, Religion, and Family in Early Modern Metz. Leiden : Brill Academic Publishers, 2020.

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Set in the city of Metz, on the Moselle river, Law’s Dominion offers a novel approach to the history of early modern Jewry. This study of a vibrant prerevolutionary community draws on a wide spectrum of legal sources that tell a story about community, religion, and family that has not been told before. Focusing on the community’s leadership, public institutions, and judiciary, Law’s Dominion challenges the assumption that Jewish life was in a steady state of decline before the French Revolution. Much to the contrary, the evidence reveals a robust community that integrated religious values and civic consciousness, interacted with French society, and showed remarkable signs of collaboration between Jewish law and the French judicial system
See also: Humanities, Law, 2020
Last updated on 04/27/2021