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Debates between representatives of the Jewish and Christian religions in the Middle Ages in which Jews were compelled to engage with the aim of persuading them that Christianity not Judaism is the true religion. Three of these disputations, unlike the others, have been placed on record, though it is not too easy to determine what actually happened since, naturally, each side presents itself in its account in the most favourable light. In all three the main spokesman for Christianity was a converted Jew, anxious to defend his conversion to the dominant faith. The Jewish representatives were forced into a defence of their religion that was bound to result in a denigration of Christianity and in this they risked their own lives and the lives of their co-religionists.

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies — Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).


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