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Resident stranger: Sæmundr in the Ashkenaz

North, R; (2022) Resident stranger: Sæmundr in the Ashkenaz. In: Thomson, SC, (ed.) Strangers at the Gate! Multidisciplinary Explorations of Communities, Borders, and Othering in Medieval Western Europe. (pp. 146-165). Brill: Leiden, The Netherlands.

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Abstract

When did the Jews reach Iceland?1 There is no evidence that Jews lived there before the seventeenth century. Conversely, however, it may be suggested that Sæmundr inn fróði [the learned] Sigfússon (1056–1133), priest of Oddi and Iceland’s first book-learned historian, lived as a stranger among the Jews of Germany in the 1070s.2 This is partly because he was probably in the Rhineland for more than a decade, partly because one of the Icelandic snippets derived from his writing appears to be based on a commentary on Genesis for which the best analogue is found in Rabbinic commentary. Let us go over Sæmundr’s schooling and writing to see how this suggestion may be made.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Resident stranger: Sæmundr in the Ashkenaz
ISBN-13: 978-90-04-42549-1
DOI: 10.1163/9789004511910
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004511910_010
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10082256
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