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Blood Libel
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Since the mid-12th century, Christians have alleged that Jews murdered Christian children for religious reasons. Hatred of Christians was the supposed motive for the murders, with further explanations of the re-enactment of the crucifixion of Christ and, beginning in the mid-13th century, the use of the victim’s blood for preparing unleavened bread for Passover. Despite papal and imperial b…

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Frauke von Rohden, Leipzig (1. Part) and Regina Randhofer, Leipzig (2. and 3. Parts), “Blood Libel”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 22 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0750>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20170409

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