Dying In The Law Of Moses: Crypto-jewish Martyrdom In The Iberian World by Miriam Bodian

Dying In The Law Of Moses: Crypto-jewish Martyrdom In The Iberian World

byMiriam Bodian

Hardcover | May 22, 2007

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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.

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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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Title:Dying In The Law Of Moses: Crypto-jewish Martyrdom In The Iberian WorldFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.02 inPublished:May 22, 2007Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253348617

ISBN - 13:9780253348616

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations

1. The Historical Setting
2. The Dogmatista Crypto-Jewish Martyrs
3. A Conquistador's Nephew in New Spain
4. A Monk of Castanheira
5. A Converso Surgeon in the Viceroyalty of Peru
6. A Hebrew Scholar at the University of Salamanca
7. Echoes in the Portuguese-Jewish Diaspora

Appendix A: Commemoration of Individual Martyrs in the Literature of the Portuguese-Jewish Diaspora, to 1683
Appendix B: Summary of Luis Carvajal's Nine Reasons for Adhering to the Law of Moses, Audience of February 15, 1595, PLC, 235238
Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

"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