Gilbert Dahan offers a compact overview of Jewish conditions in medieval Western Christendom, then moves to a discussion of
the changing patterns of Christian-Jewish polemical confrontation. Dahan lays particular emphasis on the shift during the
twelfth and thirteenth centuries from a fairly open exchange of views to a concerted Christian effort to convert the Jews.
After establishing this context, Dahan analyzes the most common literary genres (including disputatio) in which these arguments
were couched, their underlying structures and the most important recurring themes. This volume is particularly useful for
its clear delineation of the historical phases of Christian polemicizing, its cogent analysis of key aspects of Christian
polemical literature, and its rich citation of illustrative texts. Whether it be shared examination of the sacred texts or
impassioned discussion over the theses belonging to each of the two religions, the Judeo-Christian "dispute" continued throughout
the Middle Ages, and seems to be carried on in some way even in the Judeo-Christian dialogue of today.