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Title: The Barcelona Disputation [Review of ‘Barcelona and Beyond: The Disputation of 1263 and Its Aftermath’, by R. Chazan]
Authors: Berger, David
Chazan, Robert
Keywords: Book review
Naḥmanides, approximately 1195-approximately 1270. Ṿikuaḥ ha-Ramban.
Christianity --Controversial literature.
Judaism --Apologetic works.
Barcelona Disputation, Barcelona, Spain, 1263.
Judaism --Relations --Christianity.
Christianity and other religions --Judaism.
Jews --Spain --History.
Spain --Ethnic relations.
Issue Date: 1995
Publisher: U Pennsylvania
Citation: Berger, D. (1995). The Barcelona Disputation [Review of ‘Barcelona and Beyond: The Disputation of 1263 and Its Aftermath’, by R. Chazan]. AJS Review, 20(2), 379-388.
Series/Report no.: AJS Review;20(2)
Abstract: In many respects, Robert Chazan's new book on the disputation of 1263 between NaI:imanides and Friar Paul Christian is an excellent and very important contribution to the century-old historiographical debate about one of the most famous events in medieval Jewish history. The Barcelona disputation, where Friar Paul unveiled a relatively new approach appealing to talmudic sources as evidence for the truth of Christianity, was manifestly a moment of high drama, so significant and so thoroughly investigated that we might be pardoned a certain skepticism about the ability of any scholar to say something new about it. To a significant degree, Chazan has overcome this obstacle by providing an overview of the event that forces us to look at the large picture fortified with a healthy infusion of common sense. At the same time, part of the analysis seems to me to stand in tension with itself, and I am inclined to utilize some of the evidence that Chazan presents so lucidly to reach a conclusion different from his.
Description: Book review (Judaica)
ISSN: Edition
Appears in Collections:Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies (BRGS): Faculty Publications

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