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The Hidden Jesus. The Nazarene in the Jewish Polemical Literature: The Case of the 16th-Century Text Sefer Hizzuq Emunah (Book chapter)

Book title: Understanding Jesus in the Early Modern Period and Beyond. Across Text and Other Media

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Book Series: Journal for Religion, Film and Media ISSN: 2414-0201 ISBN: 9783741000898 Year: Volume: 5/1 Pages: 13-28 DOI: 10.25364/05.4:2019.1.1 Language: english
Publisher: Schüren Verlag
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The aim of this article is to retrace the figure of Jesus that was hidden under the polemical and apologetic strategy of the text known under the title Sefer Ḥizzuq Emunah (Strengthening of the Faith), composed at the end of the sixteenth century by Lithuanian Karaite scholar Isaac ben Abraham Troki (c. 1533–1594). Despite his belonging to a Karaite group, Isaac ben Abraham uses very often rabbinic quotations and Jewish classical commentators and this material was therefore perfectly intelligible to wider Jewish community, becoming also much more accessible to non-Jews and Marranos. Indeed, this text was translated in Spanish, Dutch, French, Portuguese and Latin before the XVII century. The Sefer Ḥizzuq Emunah was a privileged example of what the Christians knew about Jewish anti-Christian literature and was read by important European intellectuals and philosophers. This text circulated widely among European thinkers, becoming an important source of anti-Christian ideas among non-Jewish intellectuals. The influence of the Sefer Ḥizzuq Emunah demonstrates how closely the Jewish and Christian worlds interact and connect during early modern period.

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Understanding Jesus in the Early Modern Period and Beyond. Across Text and Other Media

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Book Series: Journal for Religion, Film and Media ISSN: 2414-0201 ISBN: 9783741000898 Year: Volume: 5/1 Pages: 153 DOI: 10.25364/05.4:2019.1.1 Language: english
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This thematic issue seeks to provide a more nuanced and more complicated history of how historical narratives about the life of Jesus were produced and circulated in European culture. The focus on media is one of the most innovative ways to provide such an involved history, pointing to the cultural history of scholarship and the many ways in which societies produce historical representations of theological themes.

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