The Marrakesh Dialogues: A Gospel Critique and Jewish Apology from the Spanish Renaissance

In sixteenth-century Marrakesh, a young Flemish merchant converts to Judaism and takes his Catholic brother on a subversive reading of the Gospels and an exploration of the Jewish faith. Their antagonistic, yet frank and fraternal debate meanders between the themes of clerical oppression, religious imposture, education, true piety, male happiness, social honor, and the course of world history towards its predicted apocalyptic end. Composed in Spanish by an anonym, this candid dialogue between two men and one woman has until now escaped scholarly attention in spite of its success in anti-Christian clandestine literature until the Enlightenment. Based on all nine available manuscripts, this critical edition by Carsten L. Wilke, associate professor in the Department of History at CEU, rediscovers a pioneering work of Jewish self-expression in European languages.

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