JEWISH-CHRISTIAN POLEMICS IN EARLY MODERN ITALY

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Yehuda ben Eliezer (Leon) BRIEL (or Brielli) (1643-1722): Hassagoth al ha-berit he-hadashah, or Hassagoth al-sippure ha-sheluhim ba-berit he-hadashah. The treatise is sometimes entitled as "Pas yeda di-katva" /Dan. 5:5./ or in Latin as Animadversiones in Evangelia or argumenta contra narrationes apostolorum. In some manuscripts the text is attributed to Briel's pupil, Yehoshua ben Tzion (Salvador) SEGRÉ (1709-1798) and entitled as the second part of his Asham talui (Asham talui B, see. no. 13 below). In fact, Segré seems to have only collected and supplemented Briel's notes.

Edition

Two pages of the PARMA 2252 manuscript were edited by J. E. Rembaum. Rembaum failed to identify the author of the text, thus the text is labeled as anonymous. J.E. Rembaum, 'Medieval Jewish Criticism of the Christian Doctrine of Original Sin', AJS Review 7/8 (1982/83), 381-382.

Manuscripts

The text of the disputation is extant in eleven manuscripts:

  1. Frankfurt a. Main, Universitätsbibliothek (FRANK UB Oct. 54, eighteenth-century Italian type handwriting), 170r-173v, defective = Asham talui B

    The item is digitized.

  2. Jerusalem, National Library of Israel (JER NLI 102=8, eighteenth-century Italian cursive handwriting), 1r-67v, with additional notes of Yehoshua Segré = Hassagoth al ha-berit he-hadashah
  3. Moscow, Russian State Library, Günzburg Collection (MOS RSL 219, eighteenth-century Italian handwriting), 1r-32v = Hassagoth al-sippure ha-sheluhim ba-berit he-hadashah
  4. New York, Jewish Theological Seminary (NY JTS 2208, eighteenth-century Italian type handwriting), 1r-13v, defective = Asham talui B

    The item is digitized.

  5. New York, Jewish Theological Seminary (NY JTS 2225, eighteenth-century Italian type handwriting), 1r-50v = Hassagoth al-sippure ha-sheluhim ba-berit he-hadashah

    The item is digitized.

  6. New York, Jewish Theological Seminary, (NY JTS 2232, eighteenth-century Italian type handwriting,), 1r-88r = Asham talui B or Pas yeda di-katva

    The item is digitized.

  7. Oxford, Bodleian Library (OX 2407, eighteenth-century Italian type handwriting), 1r-67v = Asham talui B

    The item is digitized.

  8. Paris, Alliance Israelite Universelle (PARIS AIU 442, eighteenth-century Italian type handwriting), 58r-92r = Hassagoth al-sippure ha-sheluhim ba-berit he-hadashah
  9. Parma, Bibliotheca Palatina (PARMA 2252, eighteenth-century Italian type handwriting), 1r-7v, defective = Hassagoth al ha-berit he-hadashah

    The item is digitized.

  10. Parma, Bibliotheca Palatina (PARMA 2253, eighteenth-century Italian type handwriting), 1r-13v, defective = Hassagoth al ha-berit he-hadashah - the manuscript contains only the Gospel according to Matthew.

    The item is digitized.

  11. Jerusalem, the manuscript is owned by a private dealer (Catalogue of IMHM Film no. PH 7059 /JER DEALER/, eighteenth-century Italian type handwriting = Asham talui B

Secondary Literature

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Research that enabled the preparation of this bibliography was sponsored by the Anniversary Fund of the National Bank of Austria (Jubiläumsfonds der Österreichischen Nationalbank, project number: 16099: "Jüdisch-christiliche Polemik: Akkulturation und Modernisierung")

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