What Does Martyrdom Lore Tell Us?
Publication Date: January 2009
Series: AJS Perspectives: The Newsletter of the Association for Jewish Studies, Spring 2009, pp.26-28.
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: History; Religion; Sephardic Jews; Judaic Studies
The author describes how Inquisition documents can serve to corroborate and/or contradict stories of crypto-Jewish martyrdom that circulated in the Portuguese-Jewish diaspora. She examines one particular story in order to illuminate the discussion. Besides confirming names and dates of martyrdoms referenced in crypto-Jewish lore, the author notes, Inquisition documents can also confirm that some crypto-Jewish martyrs posessed enough theological knowledge to acquit themselves well in theological debates with Inquisitors.