My work, exploring problems of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, is
unified by an attempt to see Jewish life unfolding against the backdrop
of social forces that were often mystified and sometimes repelled by the
Jewish presence. It concentrates on moments of interaction and mutual
cultural negotiation and extends to internal institutional growth, including
the institution of the family and problems of gender, as well as of legal
Apart from the selected list of books and essays below, I am most proud
of my work as founder and editor of the periodical Jewish History, founded
over twenty years ago, and which now appears four times annually, published
by Springer, perhaps the leading
house for scholarly journals. In Jewish History, articles have appeared
whose authors range from scholars beginning their careers to distinguished
luminaries, whose home
is Israel, the United States, and Europe. Articles may be submitted to
me at the
electronic address above
Jewish Life in Early
Modern Rome: Challenge, Conversion, and Private Life. Ashgate,
Variorum: Hampshire, 2007
Popes Church and Jews in the Middle Ages. Ashgate, Variorum:
Hampshire, 2007, xii+336 pages..
“Jewish Dogs, An Image and Its Interpreters:”Continuity
in the Jewish-Catholic Encounter.Stanford University Press, 2006,
of Acculturation: The Roman Ghetto in the Sixteenth Century.
University of Washington Press: Seattle, 2001, 260 pages.
The Jews in Rome, vols. 1 and 2. Brill, Leiden, 1995, 1997. 411 pages,
and 540 pages.
Alienated Minority: The Jews
of Medieval Latin Europe. Harvard, Cambridge, 1992. 346 pages (revised
paperback version, 1994), (Hebrew version, Mercaz Zalman Shazar, Jerusalem,
The Jews, A Mediterranean Culture. Schena, for the Community of Mediterranean
Universities, Bari, 1994. 151 pages.
Solomon Grayzel: The Church
and the Jews in the Thirteenth Century, Volume II, edited and arranged,
with additional notes, by K.R. Stow. Jewish Theological Seminary, New
York - Wayne State University Press, 1989. 357 pages.
The 1007 Anonymous and Papal Sovereignty: Jewish Perceptions of the
Papacy and Papal Policy in the Middle Ages. Hebrew Union College Annual
Supplements, no. 4. Cincinnati, 1984. 91 pages
Taxation, Community and State: The Jews and the Fiscal Foundations of
the Early Modern Papal State. Vol. 19 of Paepste und Papsttum, ed. G.
Denzler. Stuttgart, 1982. 192 pages.
Catholic Thought and Papal Jewry Policy, 1555-1593. New York, 1977.
Jewish History: A Journal of Jewish Historical Studies,
Press & E.J. Brill, Leiden; University Press of New England Vols.
I-XII, June, 1986-December, 1998; Vol. XIII, University of Haifa Press,
Kluwer/Springer Publications, Dordrecht, Holland, Vols. XIV-XXI (2007)
Jewish History: A Journal
of Jewish Historical Studies Haifa University Press & E.J.
Brill, Leiden, then, University Press of New England Vols. I-XIII, June,
1986-August, 1999; Kluwer Academic Publisher, vol. 14, and onward.
and Chapters in Books
"Medieval Jews on Christianity,"
Rivista di storia del Cristianesimo 4.1 (2007): 73-100.
and the End to Liminality: Jews and Christians
in Early Modern Italy,” At the Margins, Minority Groups in
ed. S.J. Milner, University of Minnesota Press, 2004, 71-92.
and Apprehensiveness: Emicho of Flonheim and the Fear of Jews in the
Twelfth Century," Speculum, 76 (2001): 211-33.
"The Knotty Problem
of Yom Tov Soporto," Italia, 13-15 (2001): 137-51, in Memory of
Josef Sermoneta, 2001.
"The New Fashioned From
the Old: Parallels in Public and Learned Memory and Practice in Sixteenth
Century Jewish Rome," Memory and Identity, The Jews of Italy, ed.
B. D. Cooperman and B. Garvin. University Press of Maryland, 2001
"Gli ebrei di Roma," with Anna Foa, in Storia d'Italia, Annali
vol. XIV, ed. A. Prosperi and L. Fiorani, Einaudi: Turin, 2000.
"The Catholic Church
and the Jews," Antisemitism in the Renaissance," and "The
Jewish Community in the Renaissance (with Anna Foa), Encyclopedia of
the Renaissance, ed. Paul Grendler, Scribners': New York, 1999.
"The Church and the
Jews in the Thirteenth Century," New Cambridge Medieval History
(The Thirteenth Century). ed. David Abulafia. Cambridge, 1999. Vol.
5, pp. 204-220.
"Corporate Double Talk:
Kehillat Kodesh and Universitas in the Roman Jewish Sixteenth Century
Environment," The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy, 8 (1999):
"Marriages are Made
in Heaven: Marriage and the Individual in the Roman Jewish Ghetto,"
Renaissance Quarterly 48 (1995): 452-91.
"Sanctity and the Construction of Space: The Roman Ghetto as Sacred
Space," Jewish Assimilation, Acculturation and Accommodation. ed.,
M. Mor. Lanham, Md., 1992. pp. 54-76.
"The Jewish Family
in the Rhineland: Form and Function.” American
Historical Review 92 (1987): 1085-1110.
"The Burning of the
Talmud in 1553, In the Light of Sixteenth Century
Catholic Attitudes Toward the Talmud," Bibliotheque d'Humanisme
Renaissance 34 (1972): 435-59.