Medieval Free Lecture Series

Thu, February 8, 20186:15 PM - 7:30 PM

Medieval Free Lecture Series

“Conversion to Judaism in 17th Century Amsterdam: The Tragic Story of Uriel da Costa”

Yael Lavender-Smith
Professor, Hebrew Studies,
Modern Languages Department
University of Oklahoma.

Thursday, February 8, 2018
6:15 - 7:30 p.m.
West Norman Public Library
300 Norman Center Ct.

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.

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