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Medieval Exegesis and Religious DifferenceCommentary, Conflict, and Community in the Premodern Mediterranean$
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Ryan Szpiech

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823264629

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823264629.001.0001

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A Christianized Sephardic Critique of Rashi’s Peshaṭ in Pablo de Santa María’s Additiones ad Postillam Nicolai de Lyra

A Christianized Sephardic Critique of Rashi’s Peshaṭ in Pablo de Santa María’s Additiones ad Postillam Nicolai de Lyra

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(p.128) 8 A Christianized Sephardic Critique of Rashi’s Peshaṭ in Pablo de Santa María’s Additiones ad Postillam Nicolai de Lyra
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Medieval Exegesis and Religious Difference
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Yosi Yisraeli

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823264629.003.0008

This chapter takes up the convert Pablo de Santa María’s responses (Additiones) to Nicholas of Lyra’s Postillam to the Bible. Although many critics have tried to summarize Santa María’s exegetical theory on the basis of his prologue to the Additiones, in which he draws together a variety of scholastic and exegetical positions, Yisraeli provides an extensive consideration of Pablo’s biblical hermeneutics based on his actual glosses on Lyra’s biblical commentary. He shows that Santa María is very critical of Lyra’s use of Rashi, above all because it constitutes a weakness in Christian arguments against Judaism. By showing how Santa María’s commentary was critical of Lyra’s uninformed reliance on Jewish sources without concern for their authoritative status, Yisraeli provides a valuable analysis of Santa María’s central importance in the exegetical contests of Jews and Christians in the fifteenth century and beyond.

Keywords:   Pablo de Santa María, Nicholas of Lyra, Rashi, Additiones ad Postillam Nicholai de Lyra, conversion, Christian anti-Jewish Polemics

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