Conversion and Narrative: Reading and Religious Authority in Medieval Polemic

Conversion and Narrative: Reading and Religious Authority in Medieval Polemic

by Ryan Szpiech

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812244717
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date: 10/09/2012
Series: The Middle Ages Series
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Ryan Szpiech teaches Spanish literature and Jewish studies at the University of Michigan.

Table of Contents

Note on Names, Titles, Citations, and Transliteration

Introduction: Conversion and History
1. From Peripety to Prose: Tracing the Pauline and Augustinian Paradigms
2. Alterity and Auctoritas: Reason and the Twelfth-Century Expansion of Authority
3. In the Shadow of the Khazars: Narrating the Conversion to Judaism
4. A War of Words: Translating Authority in Thirteenth-Century Polemic
5. The Jargon of Authenticity: Abner of Burgos/Alfonso of Valladolid and the Paradox of Testimony
6. The Supersessionist Imperative: Islam and the Historical Drama of Revelation
Conclusion: Polemic as Narrative

Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Acknowledgments

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