Religious Mobility among the Sephardic Diaspora
Hosted By: The National Library of Israel (NLI)
Jews who Became New Christians, New Christians who Became New Jews
The late fourteenth century saw the initiation of waves of forced conversions to Christianity of the Jews in the Iberian Peninsula, sparking different manifestations of religious mobility among Jews and conversos of Jewish origin, both within the Iberian Peninsula, and in the different cities of the Western Sephardic Diaspora.
This lecture first briefly describes the main historical processes that led to geographic and religious mobility within the Sephardic Diaspora during the fourteenth to seventeenth centuries. Then, based on a selection of historical sources (whose originals are housed at the National Library of Israel and whose images will be part of the presentation), it analyzes aspects of the identity transformation processes undergone by these individuals.
It also considers how the literature produced by the members of these communities reflects the mutual influence of Christian and Jewish conceptions.
“Religious Mobility among the Sephardic Diaspora: Jews who Became New Christians, New Christians who Became New Jews”
With National Library of Israel expert Dr. Aliza Moreno-Goldschmidt
Sunday, January 30th
8 pm Israel / 7 pm CET / 6 pm UK / 1 pm EST
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