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Dying in the Law of Moses: Crypto-Jewish Martyrdom in the Iberian World
     

Dying in the Law of Moses: Crypto-Jewish Martyrdom in the Iberian World

by Miriam Bodian
 

Miriam Bodian's study of crypto-Jewish martyrdom in Iberian lands depicts
a new type of martyr that emerged in the late 16th century -- a defiant, educated
judaizing martyr who engaged in disputes with inquisitors. By examining closely the
Inquisition dossiers of four men who were tried in the Iberian peninsula or Spanish
America and who developed

Overview

Miriam Bodian's study of crypto-Jewish martyrdom in Iberian lands depicts
a new type of martyr that emerged in the late 16th century -- a defiant, educated
judaizing martyr who engaged in disputes with inquisitors. By examining closely the
Inquisition dossiers of four men who were tried in the Iberian peninsula or Spanish
America and who developed judaizing theologies that drew from currents of
Reformation thinking that emphasized the authority of Scripture and the religious
autonomy of individual interpreters of Scripture, Miriam Bodian reveals unexpected
connections between Reformation thought and historic crypto-Judaism. The complex
personalities of the martyrs, acting in response to psychic and situational
pressures, emerge vividly from this absorbing book.

Editorial Reviews

Allison P. Coudert

"[A]n important and timely book.... While a great deal of work has been done on the Inquisitionthe approach taken here is very readable and up to date in its findings about this controversial institution; the intricacies of its operation are really brought home in the individual case studies." —Allison P. Coudert

From the Publisher
"[A]n important and timely book.... While a great deal of work has been done on the Inquisition, the approach taken here is very readable and up to date in its findings about this controversial institution; the intricacies of its operation are really brought home in the individual case studies." —Allison P. Coudert

SHOFAR - Joseph Haberer

Miriam Bodian’s study of crypto-Jewish martyrdom in Iberian lands depicts a new type of martyr that emerged in the late 16th century—a defiant, educated judaizing martyr who engaged in disputes with inquisitors. By examining closely the Inquisition dossiers of four men who were tried in the Iberian peninsula or Spanish America and who developed judaizing theologies that drew from currents of Reformation thinking that emphasized the authority of Scripture and the religious autonomy of individual interpreters of Scripture, Miriam Bodian reveals unexpected connections between Reformation thought and historic crypto-Judaism.Joseph Haberer, Book Editor, SHOFAR, Summer 2008, Volume 26, No. 4

Renaissance Quarterly - Sara T. Nalle

"... an excellent study that successfully brings together many diverse strands of scholarship and will appeal to students of religion, Judaism, and Iberian history alike." —Sara T. Nalle, William Paterson University, Renaissance Quarterly, 61.2 (Summer 2008)

Bulletin of Spanish Studies - DEAN PHILLIP BELL

"Throughout, Bodian has crafted a rich and accessible narrative.... [This] is a readable and thoughtful volume that raises many important questions...." —DEAN PHILLIP BELL, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Chicago, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Vol. 87. 3 May 2010

Shofar
Miriam Bodian’s study of crypto-Jewish martyrdom in Iberian lands depicts a new type of martyr that emerged in the late 16th century—a defiant, educated judaizing martyr who engaged in disputes with inquisitors. By examining closely the Inquisition dossiers of four men who were tried in the Iberian peninsula or Spanish America and who developed judaizing theologies that drew from currents of Reformation thinking that emphasized the authority of Scripture and the religious autonomy of individual interpreters of Scripture, Miriam Bodian reveals unexpected connections between Reformation thought and historic crypto-Judaism.Joseph Haberer, Book Editor, SHOFAR, Summer 2008, Volume 26, No. 4

— Joseph Haberer, Book Editor

Renaissance Quarterly
"... an excellent study that successfully brings together many diverse strands of scholarship and will appeal to students of religion, Judaism, and Iberian history alike." —Sara T. Nalle, William Paterson University, Renaissance Quarterly, 61.2 (Summer 2008)

— Sara T. Nalle, William Paterson University

AJS Review

"Bodian's study is both moving and illuminating.... a major contribution to converso studies and a demonstration of intellectual honesty." —AJS Review, Vol. 33.2

Bulletin of Spanish Studies
"Throughout, Bodian has crafted a rich and accessible narrative.... [This] is a readable and thoughtful volume that raises many important questions...." —DEAN PHILLIP BELL, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Chicago, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Vol. 87. 3 May 2010

— DEAN PHILLIP BELL, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Chicago

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253116918
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
05/22/2007
Series:
The Modern Jewish Experience
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
File size:
4 MB

What People are Saying About This

Allison P. Coudert
"[A]n important and timely book.... While a great deal of work has been done on the Inquisitionthe approach taken here is very readable and up to date in its findings about this controversial institution; the intricacies of its operation are really brought home in the individual case studies." —Allison P. Coudert

Meet the Author

Miriam Bodian is Professor of Jewish History in the Graduate School of
Jewish Studies at Touro College. Her book Hebrews of the Portuguese Nation:
Conversos and Community in Early Modern Amsterdam (IUP, 1998) received a National
Jewish Book Award for History and a Koret Prize for History.

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