BN.com Gift Guide

Barcelona and Beyond: The Disputation of 1263 and Its Aftermath

( 1 )

Overview

In late July 1263 a public disputation was convened by King James I of Aragon, pitting Friar Paul Christian against the distinguished rabbi of Gerona, Moses ben Nahman. Organized by leading figures in the Dominican Order to give Friar Paul an opportunity to test his innovative missionizing argumentation against a worthy opponent, the spectacle in Barcelona was colorful, impressive, surely somewhat frightening to the Jews, and ultimately indecisive. Both sides claimed victory, and their documented claims have ...

See more details below
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (6) from $38.14   
  • New (3) from $68.06   
  • Used (3) from $38.14   
Sending request ...

Overview

In late July 1263 a public disputation was convened by King James I of Aragon, pitting Friar Paul Christian against the distinguished rabbi of Gerona, Moses ben Nahman. Organized by leading figures in the Dominican Order to give Friar Paul an opportunity to test his innovative missionizing argumentation against a worthy opponent, the spectacle in Barcelona was colorful, impressive, surely somewhat frightening to the Jews, and ultimately indecisive. Both sides claimed victory, and their documented claims have given rise to substantial disagreement among historians over the tone and outcome of this important event.

Robert Chazan's masterly analysis reconstructs the Barcelona disputation from the conflicting Christian and Jewish sources and sets it in its broad historical context, with particular attention to the post-disputation maneuvers on both sides. His richly detailed account focuses on Rabbi ben Nahman's eloquent efforts to reassure his fellow Jews in the face of new missionizing pressures.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520074415
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 6/3/1992
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Chazan holds the Scheuer Chair in the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. He is the author of Daggers of Faith (California, 1989).

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 Setting and Dramatis Personae 17
2 The Disputation of 1263 39
3 The Aftermath of the Disputation: Broad Perspectives 80
4 The Narrative Account of Rabbi Moses ben Nahman 100
5 The Issue of Rabbinic Aggadah 142
6 Explication of the Servant of the Lord Passage 158
7 Messianic Redemption: Certain and Predictable 172
Epilogue 195
Appendix: Rabbi Moses ben Nahman, Bonastrug de Porta, and Astrug de Porta 199
Notes 205
Bibliography 243
Index 253
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(1)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2000

    On Barcelona and Beyond

    In 'Barcelona and Beyond,' Robert Chazan attempts to rebuild the Disputation of 1263 by comparing the Hebrew and Latin accounts of the event, as well as analysing the events following 1263. Robert Chazan presents the reader with the different points of view concerning the Barcelona disputation by historians like Y Baer and Martin A. Cohen. Chazan believes that this views are highly influenced by partisan views that results in the branding one account and accepting another as an accurate description of the Barcelona disputation. Unfortunately, the author seems to be influnced by such partisan view by focusing his analysis in the Hebrew account by Nahmanides (Rabbi Moses ben Nahman). Chazan gives little credit to the importance of this account by presenting the account as an exaggeration and the product of a talented writter. On the other hand, Chazan provides an interesting results by comparing both accounts, as well as useful information about how life was like in the kingdom of Aragon during the days of the disputation. Chazan also introduces the reader to the main participants of the Disputation of 1263: King James the Conqueror, Friar Paul Christian (a converted Jew), and Rabbi Moses ben Nahman of Geroan. This book is useful for those familiar with the Hebrew and Latin accounts, documents that the author does not provide, with the exception of certain sections he uses in his analysis of the Barcelona disputation

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)