The tabernacula of Gregory the Great and the conversion of Anglo-Saxon England

  title={The tabernacula of Gregory the Great and the conversion of Anglo-Saxon England},
  author={Flora Spiegel},
  journal={Anglo-Saxon England},
  pages={1 - 13}
  • Flora Spiegel
  • Published 14 November 2007
  • History
  • Anglo-Saxon England
Abstract In a famous letter to his missionaries in England, Pope Gregory the Great suggested that the newly converted Anglo-Saxons should be encouraged to build small huts, or ‘tabernacula’, in conjunction with Christian festivals. He seems to have associated these structures with the Jewish festival of Sukkot, reflecting a missionary strategy modelled on both the biblical conversion of the Israelites and on Gregory's own proselytizing approach towards the Jews of Rome. Gregory's instructions… 

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These incentives included clothing subsidies, the manumission of Jewish slaves converting under Jewish masters, and physical protection against retributions from a convert's former community

  • repr. in his Christian Missionary Activity in the Early Middle Ages
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