Conversion to Judaism in 17th Century Amsterdam: The Tragic Story of Uriel da Costa, Thursday, February 8, 6:15-7:30 pm

  • Feb. 6, 2018, 2:20 p.m.

Thursday (special day), February 8, 6:15-7:30 pm

300 Norman Center Ct, Norman, Oklahoma 73072

Yael Lavender-Smith, “Conversion to Judaism in 17th Century Amsterdam: The Tragic Story of Uriel da Costa”
Professor, Hebrew Studies, Modern Languages Department, University of Oklahoma

Uriel da Costa’s autobiography is a fascinating example of an early modern conversion narrative to Judaism. But unlike St. Augustine’s Confessions, da Costa’s narrative describes the author’s disbeliefs, doubts, and reservations. This talk examines da Costa’s enigmatic—and ultimately tragic—confrontations with himself and with the Jewish community of 17th-century Amsterdam.

Medieval Fair Free Lecture Series cosponsored by the OU Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Come learn more about the middle ages just for the fun of learning! No papers, no tests, just interesting information about life long ago.


 

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