... 25 March 2007 Christians and Jews During The Crusades This paper compares the religious traditions of Christians and Jews during the time of the crusades. Comparisons between the two religious traditions are presented on: allegorical scriptural interpretation, ideas of holy war, manuscript illumination, role of women, attitude toward slavery, acceptance of Greek science, mysticism, asceticism, view of Jerusalem, view of the religious “other”, and religious poetry.
One of the important Medieval Jewish texts is the Sepher Yetzirah, a Kabalistic text
from 200 A.D., which is:
“...considered to be an Allegorical Parallel between the Idealism of Numbers and Letters and the various parts of the Univer...