26 2023

CBI's Adult Ed: The Barcelona Disputation

8:30PM - 10:00PM  

Congregation Beth Israel 701 Farmington Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06119
860-233-8215 bethisrael@cbict.org

Contact Rabbi Howard Rosenbaum

Join us for this virtual program presented by Nina Caputo, Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Department of History, University of Florida, “The Barcelona Disputation - Conflict or Convivencia?” The Barcelona Disputation (1263) was a watershed moment in the history of medieval Jewish-Christian relations. Or was it? In this theological debate, the Nahmanides (R. Moses ben Nahman, 1194-1270), arguably the greatest rabbinic teacher and leader of his time, was called by King James of Aragon to defend Judaism against arguments by Friar Pablo Christiani, a convert from Judaism, that the rabbis of the Talmud recognized Jesus as the Jewish messiah. For the church, this public disputation offered an opportunity to test a missionizing strategy in a high profile public venue, but what, if any, were the consequences of this public disputation? This lecture will discuss the religious, political, and social context in which the Barcelona Disputation took place and modern interpretations of it. Register at www.cbict.org.