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Odo (Eudes) of Sully°

ODO (Eudes) OF SULLY° (c. 1160–1208), bishop of Paris from 1196. In several paragraphs of his synodal statutes (par. 15, 37–38, 60, and addenda 1–3), Odo of Sully attempted to restrict relations between Jews and Christians. Particular decrees prohibited priests from standing security for a Jew or giving him church vessels or books in pledge, and forbade Christians to use the skins of grapes which had been pressed by Jews, except as food for pigs or as fertilizer. Here, for the first time, laymen were forbidden – on pain of excommunication – to debate articles of Christian faith with the Jews. These decrees are thought to have been drawn up around 1200, but they were probably issued after July 15, 1205, the date of the letter from Pope *Innocent III to Odo calling for greater severity toward the Jews.


S. Grayzel, Church and the Jews in the XIIIth Century (19662), 114f., 300f.; T. de Morembert, in: Dictionnaire d'histoire et de géographie ecclésiastique, 15 (1963), 1330f.

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