Narratives from the Sephardic Atlantic

Narratives from the Sephardic Atlantic : Blood and Faith

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Identity, family, and community unite three autobiographical texts by New World crypto-Jews, or descendants of Jews who were forced to convert to Christianity in 17th-century Iberia and Spanish America. Ronnie Perelis presents the fascinating stories of three men who were caught within the matrix of inquisitorial persecution, expanding global trade, and the network of crypto-Jewish activity. Each text, reflects the unique experiences of the author and illuminates their shared, deeply rooted attachment to Iberian culture, their Atlantic peregrinations, and their hunger for spiritual enlightenment. Through these writings, Perelis focuses on the social history of transatlantic travel, the economies of trade that linked Europe to the Americas, and the physical and spiritual journeys that injected broader religious and cultural concerns into this complex historical more

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  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 14.22mm | 458g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253024013
  • 9780253024015
  • 1,719,757

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The book will be of great interest to scholars of the colonial Iberian world, Jewish studies, and anyone interested in religion during the early modern era. . . . Highly recommended. * Choice *show more

About Ronnie Perelis

Ronnie Perelis is the Chief Rabbi Dr. Isaac Abraham and Jelena (Rachel) Alcalay Chair and Assistant Professor of Sephardic Studies at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies of Yeshiva more

Table of contents

Introduction1. Audience and Archive: Text, Context, and the Literary Construction of Experience2. "Hermanos en el Senor": Spiritual and Social Fraternity and Paternity in Luis de Carvajal, el mozo's Spiritual Autobiography (Mexico 1595) 3. A Prophetic Matrix: Motherhood, Sorority and a Re-imagined Sagrada Familia4. Writing His Way into the Jewish People: Faith, Blood and Community in Manuel Cardoso de Macedo's Vida del buenaventurado Abraham Pelengrino5. "All of us are Brothers": Race, Faith and the Limits of Brotherhood in the Relacion of Antonio de Montezinos, alias Aharon HaLevi (1644)AfterwordBibliographyIndexshow more

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