"Fear God, my son, and King": Relations between Nahmanides and King James I at the Barcelona Disputation

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Abstract

This article examines the nature of the relations between Nahmanides and King Jaime I of the Crown of Aragon as portrayed by the former in his account of what happened at the Barcelona Disputation in 1263. Based on how he understands the nature of kingship in his biblical commentary, Nahmanides portrays his relationship with the king as one of almost equals and in his description of events, it is he and the king who set the agenda rather than Ramon de Penyafort and Friar Paul. This "special relationship" goes a long way in explaining the structure and content of the Hebrew text.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-19
Number of pages15
JournalHispania Judaica Bulletin
Volume10
StatePublished - 2014

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