Intimate Strangers: A History of Jews and Catholics in the City of Rome

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Jewish Publication Society
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5.75 X 8.98 X 1.18 inches | 1.6 pounds

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About the Author
Fredric Brandfon is the former chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Stockton University in New Jersey and founder of the Department of Religious Studies at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. He has published numerous articles on Roman and Italian Jewish history.
"A fascinating story of the Jews' unique resilience and strength living in Rome without interruption for twenty-two centuries."--Riccardo Shemuel Di Segni, chief rabbi of Rome
"An absolutely new approach. Investigating an unusual relationship--the one between Jews and Catholics that in Rome could develop uninterruptedly over almost two thousand years--Intimate Strangers frames it anthropologically while revealing notable knowledge about the life of Jews in Rome and their mutual relationships with the Catholic world. This is a well-written, well-documented, and well-argued book."--Gabriela Yael Franzone, coordinator of the Department of Heritage and Culture of the Jewish Community of Rome
"Most involving. There is always fascinating new material on the next page."--Judith Roumani, author of Jews in Southern Tuscany during the Holocaust: Ambiguous Refuge
"A fascinating and readable history that's essential for those interested in Jewish or Italian history."--Library Journal-- (4/1/2023 12:00:00 AM)
"[During] two millennia, the Jews of Rome both thrived and endured extreme hardship, their fate alternately buffeted by persecution and acceptance. . . . Frederic Brandfon skillfully tackles these stark contradictions. . . . His book . . . rich in detail."--Jewish Book Council-- (5/1/2023 12:00:00 AM)
"An engaging and sometimes surprising exploration of the intriguing history of Rome."--Mark Kurlansky, author of thirty-five books, including Cod, Salt, and The Importance of Not Being Ernest