Secrecy and Deceit: The Religion of CRYPTO-Jews

Secrecy and Deceit: The Religion of CRYPTO-Jews

by David M. Gitlitz
     
 

Secrecy and Deceit documents the religious customs of the Iberian Jews who converted to Catholicism, largely under duress, in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Although many of the converts quickly melted into the Catholic mainstream, thousands of others and their descendents strove to preserve their Jewish culture despite the efforts of the Inquisition to…  See more details below

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Secrecy and Deceit documents the religious customs of the Iberian Jews who converted to Catholicism, largely under duress, in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Although many of the converts quickly melted into the Catholic mainstream, thousands of others and their descendents strove to preserve their Jewish culture despite the efforts of the Inquisition to suppress them. The author uses Inquisition records, chronicles, rabbinical rulings, letters, eyewitness accounts, religious books, and other historical documents to give the most thorough and accurate picture of crypto-Jews ever cataloged.

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Documents the religious customs of the Iberian Jews who converted to Catholicism, largely under duress, in the 14th and 15th centuries. Gitlitz details crypto-Jewish culture in Spain, Portugal, and Mexico. In coping with the necessity to be clandestine, crypto-Jews rapidly evolved their own idiosyncratic religion. Its Jewish core was replaced with concepts and practices from the surrounding Catholic culture covered by a veneer of Jewish theology. Gitlitz describes the Jewish customs which survived this process. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780827605626
Publisher:
Jewish Publication Society
Publication date:
06/01/1996
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
662
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 10.40(h) x 1.69(d)
Lexile:
1600L (what's this?)

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