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Against the Inveterate Obduracy of the Jews

Peter the Venerable, Irven M. Resnick

Publication Year: 2013

With this translation, Irven M. Resnick makes the complete work available for the first time in English

Published by: The Catholic University of America Press

Title Page, Copyright, Grant Information, Frontispiece

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pp. 2-9


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pp. ix-x

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pp. xi-xii

This project began in 2006 in London, while I was a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Queen Mary College, University of London. I would like to express my appreciation to faculty and staff at Queen Mary, and to the staff at the British Library. ...


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pp. xiii-xiv

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pp. xv-xxvi

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pp. 1-46

Peter the Venerable (Peter of Montboisser, b. 1092 or 1094), elected ninth abbot of Cluny in 1122, left behind a large collection of letters and polemical treatises. In his letters Peter expresses concern, among other issues, for the rigor and integrity of Benedictine life, as evidenced by repeated calls to avoid meat in the diet. ...

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pp. 49-51

I approach you, O Jews—you, I say, who even to this day deny the Son of God. How long, wretches, will you fail to believe the truth? How long will you reject God? How long will you fail to soften [your] iron hearts? Behold that since antiquity almost the entire world has acknowledged Christ, ...

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Chapter One: That the Messiah (Christus) is the Son of God

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pp. 52-68

Listen then, O Jews, and know from your own Scriptures that Christ, or the Messiah as you would have it, is the Son of God. Come, then, propose your claims again in the first place to the most excellent of the prophets, Isaiah, and to a people, one neither from your time nor from ours, that believes the truth. ...

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Chapter Two: In which Christ is shown specifically to be God

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pp. 69-101

But after Christ has been proved to be God and the Son of God on the authority of your texts, O Jews, perhaps, with your customary depravity, you will still insist and demand that his divinity be shown to you more clearly with other examples. And how, I ask, can it be shown more clearly? ...

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Chapter Three: That, unlike what the Jews think, Christ is not a temporal king but the eternal and celestial King

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pp. 102-136

But because this can be enough for now concerning these matters, in the third part of the division mentioned above let the discussion (sermo) of divine wisdom proceed against another inspiration for your very foolish error, and in this part let it show you how foolish you are. ...

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Chapter Four: In which it is demonstrated that the Christ is not still to come, as the Jews foolishly think, but rather that he has come at a sure and preordained time for the salvation of the world

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pp. 137-210

It remains for me to pursue a fourth and penultimate battle against you, O Jew, a battle in which (so I think) the one who conferred an easy palm of victory upon me in the earlier battles will do so once more. I will not be without the sword of Goliath to destroy you, as I hope to do if you do not want to live, ...

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Chapter Five: On the ridiculous and very foolish fables of the Jews

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pp. 211-288

It seems to me, O Jew, that with so many proof-texts and with so many arguments (rationes) I have satisfied every human being, I think, on those matters pertaining to the question proposed. But if I have satisfied every human being, then I have satisfied you too, if, nonetheless, you are human. ...


General Index

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pp. 291-295

Index of Holy Scripture

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pp. 296-300

Index of Talmudic Citations

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pp. 301-328

Index of Quranic Citations

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pp. 302-329

E-ISBN-13: 9780813221304
E-ISBN-10: 0813221307
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813221298
Print-ISBN-10: 0813221293

Page Count: 296
Publication Year: 2013

Edition: 1

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  • Judaism -- Controversial literature -- Early works to 1800.
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