Quia nolunt dimittere credere pro credere, sed credere per intelligere : Ramon Llull and his Jewish Contemporaries: Ramon Llull and His Jewish Contemporaries

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Abstract

Unlike most of his contemporaries, Ramon Llull unde rstood the need of actually engaging with the beliefs of his Jewish and Muslim contemporaries, rather than just with their texts, if he wanted to attain their conversion to Christianity.
Coming from the Iberian peninsula where new theologies like Kabbalah were gaining ground among the Jews, Llull harnessed its central tenets in order to convince the Jews, by "necessary reason", of the inherent truth of Christianity. This article discusses the intellectual milieau in which Llull developed his Art, shows how he intended it to be used, and brings a Jewish response by Solomon ibn Adret, leader of the Jewish community in Catalonia to the challenge posed by Llull.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-141
Number of pages30
JournalMirabilia: Electronic Journal of Antiquity & Middle Ages
Volume5
Issue number5
StatePublished - 30 Dec 2005

Keywords

  • Catalan literature
  • Latin language literature
  • 400-1499 Medieval period
  • Lull, Ramón(d. 1315)
  • prose
  • Christianity
  • cabala
  • religious conversion
  • Jews
  • Adret, Solomon ben Abraham (1235-1310)
  • Spanish literature
  • Hebrew language literature

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