It is common knowledge that the book of Genesis was the source of endless Judeo-Christian polemics in the Iberian world. Thus, in this session, it is our goal to bring together the different forms of reception and interpretation to which this book was subjected in the Iberian world since medieval times. Biblical episodes such as creation, expulsion from Paradise, Isaac’s sacrifice, Cain and Abel, or Sodom and Gomorra, were thoroughly discussed by both Christians and Sephardic Jews in Iberia. Most of these debates attempted to justify theological superiority of one group over the other, and/or to define its identity in a time strongly influenced by religious forms of exclusion and integration.
Therefore, we are accepting proposals discussing forms of transmission, translation and “reinvention” of some of these biblical episodes in Iberian legal, theological, literary, and philosophical context. We are particularly interested in papers that when dealing with these concepts, underline how Iberian Christian and Sephardic Jews exegetes used them to explain the superiority of their tradition and how that became the trigger for further polemic.
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