Arguments Against the Christian Religion in Amsterdam by Saul Levi Morteira, Spinoza's Rabbi

Saul Levi Morteira

Arguments Against the Christian Religion in Amsterdam by Saul Levi Morteira, Spinoza's Rabbi

Saul Levi Morteira

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

Translated and with an Introduction by Gregory B. Kaplan
206 pages | 2 color plates | 6 x 9
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9789462980105 Published April 2017 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
This is the first book to offer a translation into English—as well as a critical study—of a Spanish treatise written in about 1650 by Rabbi Saul Levi Morteira, whose most renowned congregant was Baruch Spinoza. Aimed at encouraging the practice of halachic Judaism among the Amsterdam-based descendants of conversos, Spanish and Portuguese Sephardic Jews who had been forced to convert to Christianity, the book stages a dialogue between two conversos that ultimately leads to a vision of a Jewish homeland—an outcome that Morteira thought was only possible through his program for rejudaization.
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