Publications by Magda Teter

Department of History, Wesleyan University, PAC 313, Middletown, CT 06457


Jews and Heretics in Catholic Poland: A Beleaguered Church in the Post-Reformation Era (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006)

Reviewed in: American Historical Review, The AAR Journal, Slavic Review, Sixteenth Century Studies Journal, American Catholic Historical Review, Church History, East European Jewish Affairs, Gal-Ed, Jewish Quarterly Review, Religious Studies, Blackfriars Journal.

Coedited with Adam Teller, Polin: Social and Cultural Boundaries in Pre-Modern Poland, vol. 22, (Oxford:  Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2010)

Sinners on Trial: Jews and Sacrilege after the Reformation (Harvard University Press, Spring 2011).


"Crime and Sacred Spaces in Early Modern Poland," a chapter in a book Kommunikation durch symbolische Akte. Religiöse Heterogenität und politische Herrschaft in Polen-Litauen [Communication through symbolic acts. Religious heterogeneity and political Rule in Poland-Lithuania], ed. Yvonne Kleimann (Franz Steiner Verlag: Stuttgart, Germany, 2010), 171-90.

With Adam Teller, "Introduction", Polin: Social and Cultural Boundaries in Pre-modern Poland, vol. 22, (Oxford:  Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2010) 3-46.

"'There Should Be No Love between Us and Them': Social Life and the Bounds of Jewish and Canon Law in Early Modern Poland," in Polin: Social and Cultural Boundaries in Pre-modern Poland, vol. 22 (Oxford: Littmann Library of Jewish Civilization,2010), 249-270.

With Debra Kaplan (Yeshiva University), "Out of the (Historiographic) Ghetto: Jews and the Reformation," Sixteenth Century Journal 40 no. 2 (2009): 365-393.

"Negotiating the internal and the external, or on the contextualization of pre-modern Ashkenazi Jewry," a review essay on Joseph M. Davis, Yom-Tov Lipmann Heller: Portrait of a Seventeenth-Century Rabbi in Jewish History 21 no. (2007): 217-232

With Edward Fram, "Apostasy, Fraud and the Beginnings of Hebrew Printing in Cracow," AJS Review 30 no. 1 (2006): 31-66 (available on JSTOR)

 "The Legend of Ger Zedek (Righteous Convert) of Wilno as Polemic and Reassurance," AJS Review 29 no. 2 (2005): 237-263 (available on JSTOR)

With Edward Fram, "Matai nosad ha-defus ha-`ivri be-Qraqov?" [Hebrew: When Did Hebrew Printing Begin in Cracow?], Gal-`Ed 20 (2005): 144-149

"Jewish Conversions to Catholicism in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries," Jewish History 17 no. 3 (2003): 257-283

"Kilka uwag na temat podziałów społecznych i religijnych pomiędzy Żydami i Chrześcijanami we wschodnich miastach dawnej Rzeczpospolitej" [Polish: Some Remarks on the Social and Religious Divisions between Jews and Christians in Eastern Towns of Premodern Poland], Kwartalnik Historii Żydów [Quarterly of Jewish History, Warsaw, Poland] 207 no. 3 (September, 2003): 327-336

"Lost in Translation: The London Missionary Society and the Nineteenth Century Translation of the Pentateuch" in Biblical Translations in Context, ed. Frederick Knobloch (College Park: University of Maryland Press, 2002): 145-154

"Catholic Reform" in History of the Modern World (Tarrytown: Marshall Cavendish Corporation, 1999), vol. 2: Religion and Change in Europe

"Przemoc w stosunku do kobiet w Biblii hebrajskiej" [Polish: Violence against Women in the Hebrew Bible], Pełnym głosem (With Full Voice) 4 (1996): 71-88. Also translated into Slovak, "Násilie páchané na ženách v Biblii," Aspekt 2 (1997): 91-97.
Articles on Jewish communities around the world and Jewish rituals published regularly in Polish/Yiddish magazine Dos Yidishe Vort (1991-1993).


The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe: articles: "Ger Zedek," "Katarzyna Malcherowa Weigel," "The Helicz Family," "The Ezofowicz Family," "Conversions," "Judaizers." (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008).

Article on the "Ritual Murder Accusation" for The Cambridge Dictionary of Jewish Religion, History, and Culture edited by Judith Baskin (Cambridge University Press, 2011)



“Putting ‘Blood Libel’ in Historical Context,” Harvard University Press Blog, January 24, 2011:


David Malkiel, Reconstructing Ashkenaz: The Human Face of Franco-German Jewry, 1000-1250 (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009); reviewed for Sixteenth Century Journal (in press).

David Ruderman, Early Modern Jewry: A New Cultural History (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009); reviewed for Journal of Modern History (in press)

David Frick, Wilnianie: Żywoty siedemnastowieczne (Warsaw: Studium Europy Wschodniej, 2008); reviewed for Harvard Ukrainian Studies (in press).

Jacqueline Glomski, Patronage and Humanist Literature in the Age of the Jagiellons (Toronto, Buffalo, London: University of Toronto Press, 2007); reviewed for The Sixteenth Century Journal (in press).

Edward Fram, My Dear Daughter: Rabbi Benjamin Slonik and the Education of Jewish Women in Sixteenth-Century Poland (Hebrew Union College Press, 2007); reviewed for Canadian American Slavic Studies.

Kenneth Austin, From Judaism to Calvinism: The Life and Writings of Immanuel Tremellius (c. 1510-1580) (Ashgate, 2007); reviewed for The American Historical Review 114 no. 1 (2009): 202-3

Dean Phillip Bell and Stephen Burnett, eds., Jews, Judaism, and the Reformation in Sixteenth-Century Germany (Brill, 2006); reviewed for H-Net:

Dror Ze`evi, Producing Desire: Changing Sexual Discourse in Ottoman Middle East, 1500-1900 (University of California Press, 2006); reviewed for Sixteenth Century Journal 40 no. 3 (2009, Fall issue): 998-1000

J.L. Vives, De officio mariti, Introduction, Critical Edition, Translation and Notes, Edited by C. Fantazzi and C. Matheeussen. Translated by C. Fantazzi (Brill, 2006); reviewed for The Sixteenth Century Journal 40 no. 2 (2009): 490-1.

Dean Phillip Bell, Jews in the Early Modern World (Rowman and Littlefield, 2008); reviewed for Shofar: Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 2009: 152-155

Stephanie Siegmund, The Medici State and the Ghetto of Florence (Stanford, 2006); reviewed for The Sixteenth Century Journal, 2007.

Anna Michałowska, Między demokracją a oligarchia: władze gmin żydowskich w Poznaniu i Swarzędzu [Polish: Between Oligarchy and Democracy: Jewish Communal Authorities in Poznań and Swarzędz] (Warsaw: Dialog, 2000); reviewed for Polin: The Shtetl: Myth and Reality, Studies in Polish Jewry (2004): 419-422.

Michael C. Steinlauf, Bondage to the Dead: Poland and the Memory of the Holocaust, H‑Judaic, H‑Net Reviews, 1999,

Dan Miron, A Traveler Disguised: The Rise of Modern Yiddish Fiction in the Nineteenth Century, H‑Judaic, H‑Net Reviews, 1997,