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The article considers Pushkin's reception of the image of the eternal Jew in the context of the history of European romanticism. It is suggested that the Poet’s appeal to the Christian legend is dictated by not only following the tradition of romanticism, the search of mystical unusual, «exotic» plots but their wide range of opportunities for transferring the author's views on a set of religious questions concerning them. The author claims that Pushkin’s the wandering Jew is Christ’s antagonist, and the poem «In the Jewish Hut Icon Lamp» is a part of an unrealized religious and philosophical conception of the Poet.

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Russian romanticism, Christian motifs, the image of the wandering Jew, biblical intertextuality, the Apocrypha, religious motives, the text of the gospel, the motif of repentance