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Baron, "Changing Patterns of Antisemitism," p. 10. 71. 69 and De Providentia(ap. 398B. 72. 280). Even if this figure is exaggerated, as it appears to be, the number must have been impressive. 73. See Feldman, "Omnipresence of the God-Fearers," p. 67, n. 32. 74. 111). 26 LOUIS H. E. 131). In other words, the Romans were pragmatists who, like the Persians and Alexander and Alexander's successors before them, realized that they were too few in number to maintain control over such a vast empire and that the Jews were simply too numerous and too powerful economically to be treated with disdain.
These include his wide-ranging training in a number of disciplines; his remarkable erudition in materials both Jewish and non-Jewish; his own particular placement in time and space, involving both his European origins and his full embrace of the American milieu; and his original orientation as a student of the modern Jewish experience. For the purposes of this brief presentation, I should like to focus on the last element, Baron's original orientation toward the modern period, and its influence on some of his central views of the medieval Jewish experience.
27. , revised and enlarged, 18 vols. (New York and Philadelphia, 1952-83). 48 ISMAR SCHORSCH skill, and critical scholarship, a triumph of the human spirit. And yet the decision to expand the first edition turned an interpretive essay into an encyclopedia at the cost of coherence, balance, and point of view. Baron's erudition came to overwhelm his original thesis and, indeed, in the end to betray it. For the first eight volumes, which covered the millennia prior to the year 1200, he did manage to integrate harmoniously the foreign and domestic affairs of the Jews.