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Secrecy and Deceit: The Religion of the Crypto-Jews (Paperback)
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Secrecy and Deceit: The Religion of the Crypto-Jews (Paperback)

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Paperback 677 Pages / Published: 30/04/2002
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This book documents the religious customs of the crypto-Jewish culture in Spain, Portugal, and their American colonies, principally Mexico, Peru, and Brazil. In coping with clandestineness, crypto-Jews rapidly evolved their own idiosyncratic religion. Its Jewish core was quickly replaced with concepts and practices from the surrounding Catholic culture covered by a veneer of Jewish theology. Included in this award-winning volume are examinations of crypto-Jewish beliefs, superstitions, birth customs, education, marriage and sex, holidays, dietary laws, conversions, and death and burial practices. This is a comprehensive account of the customs of these secret Jews.

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
ISBN: 9780826328137
Number of pages: 677
Weight: 1192 g
Dimensions: 255 x 175 x 39 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"His scholarship is massive and his book is both easily manageable and thorough."
His scholarship is massive and his book is both easily manageable and thorough.
""Secrecy and Deceit" is a carefully researched, dense, and thorough historical record of the crypto-Jews."
"Gitlitz's magnum opus provides a full fascinating history of the quixotic religion developed by the Jews who were forced to convert to Catholicism in early modern Spain."
." . . this book is thoroughly researched, the author having utilized Inquisition records, chronicles, rabbinical rulings, correspondence, eyewitness accounts, religious manuals, and other historical documents. This book is highly recommended for those interested in the history of the Iberian Jews."
aHis scholarship is massive and his book is both easily manageable and thorough.a

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