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The Rise of the Inquisition: An Introduction to the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions Kindle Edition
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Thousands of Jews forcibly converted to Christianity in Spain and Portugal were subjected to religious persecution for continuing to adhere to their ancestral faith. The Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions lasted for centuries, and when their attention on Judaizers ended, they switched to other concerns including Protestantism, Bigamy, and Blasphemy. The Inquisition typically conjures up images of intolerance, persecution, and violence and rightly so. Many people think of it as a reflection of the spiritual, scholastic, and scientific darkness of the medieval period. Hundreds of thousands of trials were processed during its lengthy reign...
Juan Marcos Bejarano Gutierrez is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas where he earned a bachelor of science in electrical engineering. He works full time as an engineer but has devoted much of his time to Jewish studies. He studied at the Siegal College of Judaic Studies in Cleveland and received a Master of Arts Degree in Judaic Studies. He completed his doctoral studies at the Spertus Institute in Chicago in 2015. He studied at the American Seminary for Contemporary Judaism and received rabbinic ordination in 2011 from Yeshiva Mesilat Yesharim. Juan Marcos Bejarano Gutierrez was a board member of the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies from 2011-2013. He has published various articles in HaLapid, The Journal for Spanish, Portuguese and Italian Crypto-Jews, and Apuntes-Theological Reflections from a Hispanic-Latino Context, and is the author of Secret Jews: The Complex Identity of Crypto-Jews and Crypto-Judaism What is Kosher? and What is Jewish Prayer? and Who is a Jew? He is currently the director of the B'nai Anusim Center for Education at CryptoJewishEducation.com
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A History Book With Lessons for Today's World
14 July 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
4 people found this helpful.
Rabbi Bejarano Gutierrez has provided an important work on an important topic. The conversos/anusim lived under constant threats and yet many continued their belief in and practice of Judaism. This is a history of the importance of identity, spirituality and memory. We can all learn from this study in understanding how evil was practiced during the Inquisition and, indeed, in different forms today. The author has examined the records and environment of the Inquisition and offers to a lay audience insights into an era which affected what at that time was the home of a majority of Jews. The Inquisition resulted in essential changes in Judaism and Catholicism while diminishing the economic and intellectual nature of the Spanish and Portuguese nations. Thank you Dr. Bejarano Gutierrez for your dedication to the memory of those who suffered for their Judaism and for the many people today who are discovering their hidden Jewish souls.
Good Introduction to the Inquisition
17 November 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
What a black mark on the history of Christianity! It's hard to plead ignorance on this. Such deceitful greed! Forcing conversations and then persecuting Jews for returning to their own traditions and faith is incomprehensible! I can just imagine the schemes of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain stealing from Jews to fund Columbus's venture to the new world. It's hard to believe this even lasted into the 1800s. So much for the early enlightenment. This book may be short, but it is well documented.
Perry Hookman MD, FACG, FACP AGAF
26 April 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY TO UNDERSTAND THIS HORRIBLE EPOCH.
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5 February 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
3rd grade history book would be better and cheaper or maybe "Cliff" notes
Important history lessons for modern audiences
12 July 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
4 people found this helpful.
Many people who are are not interested in history would ask: why study medieval times and learn about the inquisition? I would say that Dr. Bejarano-Gutierrez' book sheds light into the ongoing persecution of Jews and those who feel compelled to follow Jewish practices within Christianity through the ages. The lessons that can be learned from his work relates to the modern Antisemitic movements which are alive in America's political groups and extreme antijudaism among Protestant, traditional Catholics and among Evangelicals, that although support the state of Israel, are only interested in evangelizing Jews not respecting their own religious tradition. Eloquent and well documented "The Rise of the Inquisition" is a must read for those interested in interfaith relations, religious tolerance and equality for all world views.