Kenneth R. Stow

Full Professor of Jewish History

University of Haifa, Haifa 31905, Israel


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Storia mediovale, prima eta` moderna



Scholarly Writing

A. Doctoral Dissertation

The De Iudaeis et Aliis Infidelibus of Marquardus de Susannis, Columbia University 1971; Advisors: Gerson D. Cohen, John Mundy, Robert Somerville

B. Books (Authored and Edited) and Articles


1. Theater of Acculturation: The Roman Ghetto in the Sixteenth Century, University of Washington Press, Seattle, 2000, 260 pages.

2. The Jews in Rome, vols. 1 and 2. Brill, Leiden, 1995, 1997. 411 pages and 540 pages.

3. Alienated Minority: The Jews of Medieval Latin Europe. Harvard, Cambridge, 1992. 346 pages (revised paperback version, 1994), (Hebrew version, Mercaz Zalman Shazar, Jerusalem, 1997)

4. 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.

5. 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

6. 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.

7. Catholic Thought and Papal Jewry Policy, 1555-1593. New York, 1977, 411pages.


8. Jewish History: A Journal of Jewish Historical Studies,  Haifa University Press & E.J. Brill, Leiden; now, University Press of New England Vols. I-XII, June, 1986-December, 1998. Vol. XIII, University of Haifa Press, 1999. Vol. XIV–Kluwer Academic Publications, Holland

9. Rassegna Mensile di Israel January, 1993, Guest editor (with Anna Foa and Miriam Silvera) Oltre il1492

Articles and Chapters in Books

(In press:)

10. "Conversion, Apostasy, and Apprehensiveness: Emicho of Flonheim and the Fear of Jews in the Twelfth Century," Speculum, 2001 (forthcoming)

11. "Church and Reality: Historical Approaches to the Medieval Church and the Jews in the Light of the Shoah." Proceedings of a Conference at Yad VaShem, The Shoah in History, January, 1999. Ed. Y. Bauer, Jerusalem, 2000.

12. Papal Mendicants or Mendicant Popes: Continuity and Change in Papal policies toward the Jews at the end of the Fifteenth Century" The Friars and the Jews in the Middle Ages and the  Renaissance. ed. S. McMichael and L. Simon, Leiden, 2000.

13. "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, 2000.

14. "Stigma, Acceptance, and the End to Liminality: Jews and Christians  in Early Modern Italy," Stigma in the Renaissance, ed. S.J. Milner, University of Minnesota Press, 2000.

15. "The Knotty Problem of Yom Tov Soporto," Italia, Volume 13, in Memory of Josef Sermoneta, 2000.


16. "Gli ebrei di Roma," with Anna Foa, in  Storia d’Italia, Annali vol. XIV, ed. A. Prosperi and L. Fiorani, Einaudi: Turin, 2000.

17. "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.

18. "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.

19. "Corporate Double Talk: Kehillat Kodesh and Universitas in the Roman Jewish Sixteenth Century Environment," The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy,   8 (1999):  283-301.

20. "The Jewish Woman as Social Protagonist: Jewish Women in Sixteenth Century Rome," in eds. Claire Honess and Verina Jones, Le Donne delle minoranze: Le ebree e le protestanti d’Italia. Turin, 1999, pp. 87-100.

21. "Holy Body, Holy Society: Conflicting Medieval Structural Perceptions," in  eds. J. Prawer, R.J.Z. Werblowsky, and B.Z. Kedar, Sacred Space: Shrine, City,  Land. New York, 1998.

22. "The Avignonese Papacy, or After the Expulsions." From Witness to Witchcraft: Jews and Judaism in the Medieval Christian Thought ed. Jeremy Cohen. Wiesbaden, 1996, pp.275-298.

23. "Church, Conversion, and Tradition: The Problem of Jewish Conversion in Sixteenth Century Italy," Dimensioni e problemi dellla ricerca storica n. 2, (1996): 25-34.

24. "By Land or by Sea: The Passage of the Kalonymides to the Rhineland inthe Tenth Century," Cross Cultural Convergences in the Crusader Period, ed. M. Goodich, S. Menache, and S. Schein Chur, 1995, pp. 319-333.

25. "Marriages are Made in Heaven: Marriage and the Individual in the Roman Jewish Ghetto," Renaissance Quarterly", 48 (1995), 452-91.

26. "Ebrei e Inquisitori: 1250-1350," L'Inquisizione e gli Ebrei in Italia ed., Michele Luzzati. Bari, 1994. pp. 3-18.

27. "A Tale of Uncertainties: Converts in the Roman Ghetto," Shelomo Simonsohn Jubilee Volume ed. D. Carpi, et al. Tel Aviv, 1993. pp. 257-281.

28. "Prossimità o distanza: etnicità, sefarditi e assenza di conflitti etnici nella Roma del sedicesimo secolo," Rassegna Mensile di Israel 58 (1992), pp. 61-74.

29. "Out-Marriage and Ethnic Dispute: The Roman Community in the Sixteenth Century," (in Hebrew) Pe'amim: 51 (1992), pp. 99-106.

30. "Ethnic Rivalry or Melting Pot: The 'Edot' in the Roman Ghetto," (English revision of previous article) Judaism 41 (1992), pp. 286-296.

31. "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.

32. "Sisto V, the Jews, and their Ghet," Essential Papers on Jewish Culture in Renaissance and Baroque Italy. ed. David Ruderman. New York, 1992, pp. 386-400.

33. "The Good of the Church, the Good of the State: The Popes and Jewish Money," (Hebrew) Economics and Religion, ed. Menahem Ben-Sasson.

34. Jerusalem, 1994. Approx. 12pp. Revised English version, Christianity and Judaism: Studies in Church History. vol. 29, ed. Diana Wood, Oxford, 1992, pp. 237-252.

35. "The Papacy and the Jews, Catholic Reformation and Beyond," Frank Talmage Memorial Volume=Jewish History, vol. 6. ed. B. Walfish, Haifa, 1992, pp. 257-279.

36. "La storiografia del Ghetto Romano: Problemi metodologici," M.G. Muzzarelli e G. Todeschini, ed., La Storia degli ebrei nell'Italia medievale: tra filologia e metodologia, Bologna, 1990. pp. 43-57.

37. Repertorium Fontium Historiae Medii Aevi, Istituto Storico Italiano per il Medio Evo, Rome. Twelve bibliographical entries for medieval Spanish and Italian Jews, vol. 5, G-H.November, 1985. vol.6, J-K-L. Rome 1990; vol. 7, M. 1992; Vol. 8, N-O,  1998.

38. "Aspects of Roman Jewish Society in the Sixteenth Century" (Hebrew) Pe'amim 37 (1988), pp. 55-66.

39. "Expulsion Italian Style: The Case of Lucio Ferraris" Jewish History 3:1 (1988), pp. 55-64.

40. "Papi, gli ebrei e la legge" Ebrei e Cristiani nell'Italia Medievale e Moderna ed. M. Luzzati, A. Veronese. Rome, 1988. pp. 143-153.

41. "The Medieval Jewish Community Was Not a Corporation," Priesthood and Kingship. (Hebrew) Jerusalem, 1987, pp. 141-148.

42. "The Church and Neutral History: The Attitude of the Church to the Jews in the Light of Modern Historiography," Studies in Historiography  (Hebrew), ed. M. Zimmerman, et al. Jerusalem, 1987, pp. 101-116.

43. "The Jewish Family in the Rhineland: Form and Function." American Historical Review 92 (1987), pp. 1085-1110.

44. with Sandra Debenedetti Stow, "Donne ebree a Roma nell'eta' del ghetto: affetto, dipendenza, autonomia" Rassegna Mensile di Israel 57 (1986), pp. 63-116.

45. "The Church and the Jews," Dictionary of the Middle Ages. Scribner's: New York, 1985. vol. 7, pp. 75-79.

46. "The Jews of the Papal State," Dictionary of the Middle Ages. New York, 1985. vol. 7, pp. 108-110.

47. "The Jews of Western Europe, 900-1500," Dictionary of the Middle Ages. Scribner's: New York, 1985. vol. 7, pp. 86-94.

48. "Servi Camerae Nostrae" Dictionary of the Middle Ages. Scribner's: New York, 1985, 2 pages

49. "Delitto e castigo nello Stato papale: ebrei e carceri a Roma alle fine del Cinquecento e agli inizi del Seicento. Primi sondaggi." Italia Giudaica II, Rome, 1986, pp.173-191.

50. "Jacob b. Elie and Jewish Settlement in Venice in the Thirteenth Century,"(Hebrew) Italia 4 (1985), pp. 99-106 (in Hebrew); trans., with the addition of "The Letter of Maestro Andrea" (trans. from Hebrew), Community and Culture, ed. N. Waldman. Philadelphia, 1987. pp. 221-32.

51. "The Jew as Alien and the Diffusion of Restrictions: An Expulsion Text from Udine, 1556. Sefer Cassuto. ed. H. Beinart, Jerusalem, 1988, pp. 55-72.

52. "Papal and Royal Attitudes toward Jewish Lending in the Thirteenth Century," AJS Review 6 (1981), pp. 161-184.

53. "Jewish Approaches to the Papacy and the Papal Doctrine of Jewish Protection, 1050-1150," Studies in the History of the Jewish People and the Land of Israel 5 (1981), pp. 75-90. (in Hebrew)

54. "Hatred of the Jew or Love of the Church: The Policy of the Medieval Papacy Toward the Jews," Antisemitism Through the Ages, ed. S. Almog. Jerusalem, 1980,  pp. 91-111; English trans. Oxford, New York, 1988. pp. 71-89.

55. "Il mito del giudaismo nell'antico Cristianesimo," Rassegna mensile di Israel, July-August, 1978. pp. 512-517.

56. "Conversion, Christian Hebraism and Hebrew Prayer in the SixteenthCentury," Hebrew Union College Annual 47 (1976), pp. 217-236.

57. "The Church and the Jews: From St. Paul to Paul IV," Bibliographical Essays in Medieval Jewish Studies. New York, 1976, pp. 107-165.

58. "Agobard of Lyons and the Origins of the Medieval Conception of the Jew," Conservative Judaism 29 (1974), pp. 58-65.

59. "The Burning of the Talmud in 1553, In the Light of Sixteenth CenturyCatholic Attitudes Toward the Talmud," Bibliotheque d'Humanisme et Renaissance 34 (1972), pp. 435-59.

C. Reviews

60. Review Essay: Corrado Vivanti, ed. Storia degli Ebrei in Italia, vol 1, in Rassegna Storica Italiana,61 (1999), pp. 250-264.

61. Amnon Linder, The Jews in the Legal Sources of the Early Middle Ages, in Jewish Quarterly Review, 89 (1999), pp. 460-465.

62. Norman Golb, The Jews of Rouen, Michigan Medieval Reviews (electronic), (summer, 1999)

63. Emily Taitz, The Jews of Medieval France, in Speculum, 1998.

64. Luciano Allegra, Identita' in bilico, in American Historical Review,  1998.

65. Review Essay: Shlomo Simonsohn The Apostolic See and the Jews, vols. 1-8 in Jewish Quarterly Review, 85 (1995), pp. 397-412.

66. Gavin I. Langmuir, History, Religion, and Antisemitism & Toward A Definition of Antisemitism, in Jewish Quarterly Review, 1993.

67. Shlomo Simonsohn, The Apostolic See and the Jews, vols. 1-3, in Jewish Quarterly Review, January-April, 1992.

68. Ariel Toaff and Shimon Schwartzfuchs, ed., The Jews and Banking in the Mediterranean, Jerusalem Post December, 1989.

69. David Berger, ed. History and Hate in Jewish Quarterly Review, 1990.

70. David Ruderman, The World of a Renaissance Jew. in AJS Review IX, 1985.

71. E. Ullendorff and C. Beckingham, eds. The Hebrew Letters of Prester John, in Speculum,  April,1984.

72. P.C.Ioly Zorattini, ed. Processi de S. Uffizio di Venezia contro Ebrei e Giudaizzanti, (1548-1560). in Jewish Quarterly Review, 1984.

73. Rene Moulinas, Les Juifs du Pape en France, in Jewish Quarterly Review, 1984.

74. Robert Chazan, Church, State and Jew in the Middle Ages, in AJS Newsletter no. 32, Summer, 1982.

D. Semi-Scholarly Books and Articles

75. The Jews, A Mediterranean Culture. Bari, Schena, for the Community of Mediterranean Universities, 1994, 151 pages.

76. St. Paul’s Conundrum, in Maureen Fiedler and Lindra Rabben, eds. Rome Has Spoken, A Guide to Forgotten Papal Statements. New York, 1998, pp. 66-80.

77. Review Article: A. Prosperi, Tribunali della Conscienza Il Diario Rome, Italy, Feb. 1997

78. "Israel Among the Nations," Midstream. October, 1983. pp. 13-18 (Hebrew trans. of the English original in Ha-Umah, Spring, 1984.)

79. "Response to Gershon Mamlak's 'Is Monotheism Judaism,'" Part of a round-table discussion, Midstream. November, 1984, pp. 22-23.

80. "Solomon Grayzel," Newsletter, World Union of Jewish Studies. Winter, 1981, p. 44.

81. "Solomon Grayzel," Jewish Book Annual, vol. 39, pp. 158-63, New York, 1982.

82. "Robert Cohen," Newsletter, World Union of Jewish Studies, Spring, 1992.

83. "Robert Cohen Remembered," Jewish History 8 (1994), pp. 2-7.

E. Interview

84. "Storici e Storia degli Ebrei: Intervista a Kenneth Stow" by Anna Foa, in Rassegna Mensile d'Israele, 58 (1987), pp. 217-227.

F. Organizer of an International Conference

The Jewish Community: Historical and Cultural Perspectives. University of Haifa, Jan. 3-6, 2000

G. Work in Progress

"Layered History: The Roman Ghetto from the Inside," an attempt historiographically to enter into the feelings of historical protagonists without violating historiographical rules, yet avoiding fiction. This project begins where the many articles, the book, and the publication of texts leaves off.

G. Courses Taught

1. Minority in an Alien World: Introduction to Jewish History in the Middle Ages (Lecture)

2. The Jews in the Modern World (Lecture)

3. Church, State and Jews: St. Paul to Paul IV (Seminar)

4. Verging on Modernity: Jewish Life in the Renaissance and Reformation  (Seminar)

5. Writing and Consciousness: Medieval and Renaissance Jewish Expressions of Awareness (Graduate Seminar)

6. The Medieval and Early Modern Jewish Family (Graduate Seminar)

7. The Historian's Craft (Graduate Methods Seminar)

Note: These courses reflect my membership in departments of Jewish History. In a broader Jewish Studies setting, the course would significantly diversify, as well as they would take on a multicultural perspective. There would be no problem offering a course Introduction to Judaism and Jewish History. Needless to add, issues of gender relations, though they do not appear in the course titles above, are prominently discussed.






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