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The Blood Libel Legend

A Casebook in Anti-Semitic Folklore

The Blood Libel Legend( )
Author: Dundes, Alan
ISBN:978-0-299-13114-2
Publication Date:Oct 1991
Publisher:University of Wisconsin Press
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $24.95
Book Description:

Alan Dundes, in this casebook of an anti-Semitic legend, demonstrates the power of folklore to influence thought and history.  According to the blood libel legend, Jews murdered Christian infants to obtain blood to make matzah.  Dundes has gathered here the work of leading scholars who examine the varied sources and elaborations of the legend.   Collectively, their essays constitute a forceful statement against this false accusation.        The legend is traced from the...
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Book Details
Pages:396
Detailed Subjects: Religion / Christianity / General
Religion / Religious Intolerance, Persecution & Conflict
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6 x 9 x 1.2 Inches
Book Weight:1.19 Pounds
Author Biography
Dundes, Alan (Author)
Anthropologist and folklorist Alan Dundes was born in 1934 in New York City. He received his BA in English in 1955 and his MAT in English in 1958, both from Yale University. He received his Ph.D in Folklore from Indiana University in 1962 and in 1963 he joined the teaching staff at the University of California, Berkley. He wrote over 250 journal articles and12 books and co-wrote more than 20 other books. In 1993, he became the first American to win the Pitre Prize's Sigillo d'Oro, which is an international life-time achievement award in folklore and ethnography. He died of a heart attack on March 30, 2004 at the age of 70.

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