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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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Jewish and Christian Interpretations in Arragel’s Biblical Glosses

Jewish and Christian Interpretations in Arragel’s Biblical Glosses

(p.142) 9 Jewish and Christian Interpretations in Arragel’s Biblical Glosses
Medieval Exegesis and Religious Difference

Ángel Sáenz-Badillos

Fordham University Press

This chapter discusses the Castilian translation of the Hebrew Bible by Rabbi Moses Arragel of Guadalajara, a translation known to some as the “Biblia de Alba” because it was later acquired by the House of Alba (where it still resides among the holdings of the Fundación Casa de Alba). The Bible includes Christian and Jewish exegetical glosses together with a complete Castilian Bible based directly on the Hebrew text. As Sáenz-Badillos shows, Arragel attempted to be impartial in his presentation of Jewish and Christian exegetical views. His text was, however, glossed and “corrected” by Franciscan friars who oversaw the production of the final text. Thus, even if Arragel himself refrained from using his exegesis for polemics, his Christian correctors did not, and Arragel’s stance can be seen as an anomaly in the world of dueling inter-religious exegesis and translation.

Keywords:   Bible of Moses Arragel, Biblia de Alba, Romance translations of the Bible, Christian knowledge of Jewish exesis, Franciscans

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