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Severus of Minorca: Letter on the Conversion of the Jews

Editor.. Severus of Minorca, Scott Bradbury

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

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This book provides an edited text, introduction, and the first English translation of a central document in the history of religious coercion in late antiquity: Severus of Minorca's Letter on the Conversion of the Jews. The Letter describes the forced conversion of the Jews of Minorca toChristianity in AD 418, allegedly under the influence of St Stephen's relics. Although ostensibly a hagiographical work, the Letter is fundamentally an anti-Jewish document, and therein lies its interest for historians. It offers a fascinating perspective on Jewish-Christian relations in aMediterranean town, and on the motives for religious intolerance in the unsettled ages of the Germanic invasions. In addition, its wealth of information about a diaspora Jewish community in the western empire makes it unique among the surviving sources.

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Scott Bradbury is at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts.
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Title:Severus of Minorca: Letter on the Conversion of the JewsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:154 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.67 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198267649

ISBN - 13:9780198267645

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`This slim volume brings to light an important and absorbing text that will surprise and delight scholars of Jewish-Christian relations ... the editor of this edition establishes the letter's authenticity; and the edition itself provides a clean text. I am confident that this publication willstimulate much new scholarship ... The Latin text is presented in a critical edition that appears to have been prepared with great care. It is clear, well punctuated, normalized, and easy to read. The text is accompanied (on the facing page) by a fluent English translation that is a model of thegenre.'Willis Johnson, University of Chicago Divinity School, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 15/12/98