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This is the introductory chapter of the book Latin-into-Hebrew: Texts and Studies. This book addresses a neglected segment of the cultural transfer in medieval Europe. Cultural transfer can take place only if the two cultures in question are in contact. Here the authors are interested in intellectual contacts, which can be grossly divided into those that emerged in a context of concord and cooperation and those that grew out of confrontation. The book is arranged accordingly: Parts I, II, and III include studies on intellectual exchanges in a globally harmonious or neutral context; Part IV is devoted to exchanges in the conflictual religious sphere. Part V includes two studies of a more general nature, and, in addition, an "Afterword". A message in which political cosmopolitanism and free intellectual exchange were highlighted in order to counter the increasing focus, prevalent in both Jewish and non-Jewish scholarship, on narrowly defined national cultures.

Keywords: cultural transfer; Hebrew; Latin; medieval Europe



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