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By Jose Faur

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ISBN-13: 9780791408018

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52 The impact of his ministry on the educated public of Sepharad could hardly be overstated. IV. The Decline of Scholarship An important element imported by the sages of Catalonia and Gerona from talmudic circles in France was a special type of casuistry and dialectics, known by the Hebrew term pilpul. Whereas in the traditional talmudic academies of Sepharad the focus of study was the interpretation of the text in its literary context, the pilpul methodology switched the emphasis to dialectics and casuistry.

3 These racist policies were equally implacable with all individuals of Jewish ancestry, regardless of their personal beliefs and behavior. A short time after the Expulsion, on October 24, 1493, Ferdinand and Isabel, the king and queen of Spain, urged on by the new Christians, were forced to issue an order to the local authorities to restrain the population from persecuting and abusing these new converts. Explicit mention was made of these new Christians: [They] are very much persecuted, that they are called Jews and turncoats and many other injuries, and consequently neither they nor their servants dare walk or go out from their houses, and they have sometimes complained about this to you, the above-mentioned authorities.

There is a single law, a single faith, a single motherland, and a single shepherd for all. Mine [italics added] are whoever partake more in this. 9 Among this group there were individuals who deeply believed in the supremacy of the Christian faith and in Jesus as the savior. One such individual was Juan Luis Vives, who, as a consequence of his baptism, regarded himself as part and parcel of Jesus' mystical body, with no personality of his own: Entering into the mystical body of the Christ, which is the Church, wherein no one lives for himself.

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