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The Latin Talmud and its Influence on Christian-Jewish Polemic

Objective

"While polemics and dialogue between Judaism and Christianity are as old as the Christian religion itself, one can clearly distinguish different periods, trends and intensities in the relations between the faiths. A significant landmark in this long and complex history is the Latin translation of large sections of the Talmud, the most important Jewish post-biblical text and the basis for the development of Rabbinic Judaism.
When during the 13th century Christian theologians started to examine and translate the Talmud from Hebrew and Aramaic into Latin, they were faced with a huge body of texts which represented centuries of legalistic and homiletic materials. The discovery of this immense post-biblical Jewish literature became a source of fascination for Christians who believed that this text, which encompasses every aspect of Jewish life, was fundamental both for refuting the Jewish faith and for substantiating the truth of Christianity. This realization heralded a rethinking of the place of Jews in Christian society and redefined Christian-Jewish dialogue and polemic.
The purpose of our project is to edit and publish the largest extant collection of Talmudic passages translated from Hebrew into Latin, that is, the ""Extractiones de Talmud"", while studying this ground-breaking document in the context of the trial and burning of the Talmud in 1240-42 and its aftermath.
This project addresses vital questions of Jewish and Christian identity, still relevant to the 21st century, and can only be carried out by a transdisciplinary research team including specialists from Latin Philology, Hebrew Studies and History."

Field of science

  • /humanities/languages and literature/literature - general
  • /humanities/philosophy, ethics and religion/religion
  • /humanities/history and archaeology/history
  • /humanities/philosophy, ethics and religion/religion/christianity
  • /humanities/philosophy, ethics and religion/religion/judaism

Call for proposal

ERC-2013-CoG
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Funding Scheme

ERC-CG - ERC Consolidator Grants

Host institution

UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA
Address
Calle Campus Universitario Sn Cerdanyola V
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 292 700
Principal investigator
Alexander Fidora (Prof.)
Administrative Contact
Maria Pilar Dellunde Clavé (Prof.)

Beneficiaries (1)

UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 1 292 700
Address
Calle Campus Universitario Sn Cerdanyola V
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Principal investigator
Alexander Fidora (Prof.)
Administrative Contact
Maria Pilar Dellunde Clavé (Prof.)