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Medieval Judaism and the Dominican Order – Lecture

  Holocaust Memorial Center Budapest Páva utca 39
Budapest, 1094 Magyarország

The Holocaust Memorial Centre in Budapest cordially invites you to the lecture of Donald S. Prudlo, Warren Professor of Catholic Studies, Department of Philosophy and Religion, University of Tulsa
Medieval Judaism and the Dominican Order
This lecture will examine the fraught relations between the Jewish communities of the Middle Ages and the Order of Friars Preachers, in light of recent scholarship. The thirteenth century saw a significant change in the relationship of the institutional Church to the Jewish people. Scholars have tried to show that the Church, led by the Dominicans, undertook a new approach that moved away from the Augustinian “Witness Doctrine” towards a more confrontational stance that claimed that medieval rabbinic Judaism was a heretical break from biblical Judaism. We will examine this claim and problematize it, showing that the relation between the Preachers and the Jews was much more nuanced than has previously been asserted. Topics covered will include the
introduction of Rabbi Maimonides to the west, the issues surrounding supposed anti-Christian content in the Talmud, and the response of Dominican thinkers to contemporary Judaism both in text and practice.
Language of the lecture: English
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