The Origins of the Inquisition in Fifteenth Century Spain

The Origins of the Inquisition in Fifteenth Century Spain The Spanish Inquisition remains a fearful symbol of state terror Its principal target was the conversos descendants of Spanish Jews who had been forced to convert to Christianity some three generatio

  • Title: The Origins of the Inquisition in Fifteenth Century Spain
  • Author: Benzion Netanyahu
  • ISBN: 9780940322394
  • Page: 131
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Spanish Inquisition remains a fearful symbol of state terror Its principal target was the conversos, descendants of Spanish Jews who had been forced to convert to Christianity some three generations earlier Since thousands of them confessed to charges of practicing Judaism in secret, historians have long understood the Inquisition as an attempt to suppress the Jews oThe Spanish Inquisition remains a fearful symbol of state terror Its principal target was the conversos, descendants of Spanish Jews who had been forced to convert to Christianity some three generations earlier Since thousands of them confessed to charges of practicing Judaism in secret, historians have long understood the Inquisition as an attempt to suppress the Jews of Spain In this magisterial reexamination of the origins of the Inquisition, Netanyahu argues for a different view that the conversos were in fact almost all genuine Christians who were persecuted for political ends The Inquisition s attacks not only on the conversos religious beliefs but also on their impure blood gave birth to an anti Semitism based on race that would have terrible consequences for centuries to come.This book has become essential reading and an indispensable reference book for both the interested layman and the scholar of history and religion.

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  • Benzion Netanyahu

    Benzion Netanyahu Benzion Mileikowsky , born March 25, 1910, Warsaw, Russian Empire now in Poland died April 30, 2012, Jerusalem , Polish born Israeli historian and Zionist activist who was the father of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a longtime advocate and one time secretary of Vladimir Jabotinsky, whose uncompromising Zionist Revisionist movement was pivotal in the fight for the state of Israel The elder Netanyahu rejected a two state solution as well as the possibility of political compromise between Jews and Arabs, and he publicly criticized his son s apparent willingness to make concessions to foster peace with the Palestinians Netanyahu was the son of a Zionist rabbi who moved his family to British mandated Palestine in 1920 and changed their name from Mileikowsky He studied history at Hebrew University of Jerusalem M.A 1933 and at Dropsie College of Hebrew and Cognate Learning, Philadelphia Ph.D 1947 He spent his academic career teaching in Israel and the U.S notably at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y from which he retired He also served as the editor of the Encyclopedia Hebraica and other Jewish scholarly publications and wrote extensively, though his critics denounced him as an ideologue and his books as polemics His best known work was the massive The Origins of the Inquisition in Fifteenth Century Spain 1995 , in which he argued that the persecution of the Jews during the Inquisition was based entirely on racial hatred and not on the belief mistaken, in Netanyahu s view that they were not genuine Christian convertsitannica biography B

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  • Yes, the author is the father of the former Prime Minister of Israel. This book is a massive (1384 pages), authoratitive study of one of the worst episodes associated with Christianity, the Spanish Inquisition (the other low points, among some other serious contenders like the White Protestant support for the system of slavery and injustice imposed on African Americans would surely include the Gallileo Controversy and the murderous course of some of the Crusades as they marched through Europe an [...]


  • "Yet however distempered the society, and however aware on may be of the grave and unusually complex nature of its malady, it is still astonishing to note the feebleness and credulity to which man's thinking can be reduced by prejudice and hostility." (pp 827)***"The heart of man is the most deceitful of all things,And deep is its perversion.Who can fathom it?" (Yirmiyahu, 17:9) (pp 1085)


  • His main thesis is that antisemitism began when Greek Christians attempted to separate the Hebrew bible from the Jews, so as to have the Hebrew Bible legitimize Christianity. "Christian theology did not create or initiate the hatred of the Jews that saturates its teachings --it was, on the contrary created and shaped by it." This is a really fine point as he still points out that Christians dedicate a lot of time and energy to untangling the Hebrew bible from its relationship to modern day jews. [...]



  • Still digging. God knows how I'll ever get through these 1400 pages. Innocently researching Benyamin Netanyahu for a post I was writing, I discovered his father Benzion was a scholar of no mean repute and author of this book. The reviews were overwhelmingly favourable and on the spur of the moment ordered a copy.Today it arrived and at the moment sits atop a slippery pile of DVDs behind me, its wonderful rough-cut pages tempting me to skip the two books I'm already into. Ana of course could plou [...]



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