The political difference of the ideological Conversos from Judaism

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One of the major difference between the mass conversion of Jews to Christianity in Spain(Castile and Aragon) and Portugal was the existence in Spain of a massive trend of JewishRabbi that convert to Christianity and try to convince there former fellows Jews to do thesame. These Rabbis like Petrus Alfonsi; Abner of Burgos; Pablo de Santa Maria or Jeróni- mo de Santa Fé build an ideological justification and motivation for the conversion of the Jewsto Christianity. This ideology have a very important influence because it allow the creation ofa mass of truly Christian Conversos and also give to the less ideological convert an easy way toexplain their decision to apostate there ancient religion. All these convers have a different viewof Christianity and Judaism. For example, their view on Trinity and Incarnation are verydifferent (like the view of the different Christians thinkers themselves). In spite of this diversi- ty in their definition of Christianity, there are some very important point in common in theirdefinition of Judaism.The principal view that they share in there definition of Judaism is the political aspect of Judaism as a religion of
(religious obligation) dominate by the rabbi that hold their power on the base of a tradition that come back to the origin of the Talmud. Theses apostatebuild their breakdown of Judaism on basis of the critic of these hearth of the rabbinic Juda- ism. These specific critics try to convince other Jews that the politic foundation of Judaism isspoiled and inferior to the Christian ideal. The conclusion of this argument will be to leave the Jewish (or pharisaic) society and to join the Christian people.In this article, we will see briefly the critics of Petrus Alfonsi; Abner of Burgos; Pablo deSanta María; Jerónimo de Santa Fé. We will see that despite the divergence of opinion be- tween the diver's apostate and their different critics of Judaism there are some common defini- tion of Judaism beyond their critic.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-202
Number of pages18
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2016


  • Christianity and other religions -- Judaism -- History -- Middle Ages, 600-1500
  • Crypto-Jews -- Spain -- History -- Middle Ages, 500-1500
  • Rabbis -- Spain -- History
  • Christian converts from Judaism -- Spain -- History


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