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28 June 1309/1320 “Jewish Converts” forbidden from harassing Jewish communities but allowed to keep their property #otdimjh

Today’s double entry tells the sad story of the role and reputation of Jewish Christians in the early middle ages. Trusted by no-one, and with little to help them in their marginalized identities, they were given scant protection or respect … Continue reading

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22 March 1377 David Gerson, Mosse Valensí and Isaach Biton baptized in Besalú, Spain #otdimj

This was before the inquisition, and during a time of prosperity and success for the Jews of Besalú. What was it that motivated these three to become believers? Was it genuine spiritual convictions? Social pressure? A lowering of the boundaries … Continue reading

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