The Jesuit Order As a Synagogue of Jews: Jesuits of Jewish Ancestry and Purity-of-Blood Laws in the Early Society of Jesus

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BRILL, 2010 - 281 pages
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In "The Jesuit Order as a Synagogue of Jews" the author explains how Christians with Jewish family backgrounds went within less than forty years from having a leading role in the foundation of the Society of Jesus to being prohibited from membership in it. The author works at the intersection to two important historical topics, each of which attracts considerable scholarly attention but that have never received sustained and careful attention together, namely, the early modern histories of the Jesuit order and of Iberian purity of blood concerns. An analysis of the pro- and anti-converso texts in this book (both in terms of what they are claiming and what their limits are) advance our understanding of early modern, institutional Catholicism at the intersection of early modern religious reform and the new racism developing in Spain and spreading outwards.
 

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Contents

Chapter One The Historical Context of PurityofBlood
1
Chapter Two Early Jesuit Proconverso Policy 154072
41
legislation
76
the election of Diego Laínez
90
Francisco de Borjas infinite love of conversos
100
Chapter Three Discrimination Against Jesuits of Jewish
117
Chapter Four Jesuit Opposition to the Purityofblood
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Conclusion
215
Appendix II
257
Index
271
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About the author (2010)

Robert A. Maryks, Ph.D. (2006) History, Fordham University, is Associate Professor of History at Bronx CC of the City University of New York. He has published extensively on the history of Jesuits, including "Saint Cicero and the Jesuits: The Influence of the Liberal Arts on the Adoption of Moral Probabilism" (Ashgate, 2008) and "The Jesuit Order as a Synagogue of Jews: Jesuits of Jewish Ancestry and Purity-of-Blood Laws in the Early Society of Jesus" (Brill, 2009).

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