What Does Martyrdom Lore Tell Us?

By Miriam Bodian

Association for Jewish Studies (AJS), Spring 2009

The author describes how Inquisition documents can serve to corroborate and/or contradict stories of crypto-Jewish martyrdom that circulated in the Portuguese-Jewish diaspora. She examines one particular story in order to illuminate the discussion. Besides confirming names and dates of martyrdoms referenced in crypto-Jewish lore, the author notes, Inquisition documents can also confirm that some crypto-Jewish martyrs posessed enough theological knowledge to acquit themselves well in theological debates with Inquisitors.

Topic: History, Sephardic Jews, Judaic Studies, Jewish Studies, Religion

Name of Publication: AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies

Volume/Issue: Spring 2009

Page Number(s): 26-28

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Genre: Report

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Bodian, Miriam. What Does Martyrdom Lore Tell Us?. AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies. Association for Jewish Studies (AJS). Spring 2009: 26-28. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=2676


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