Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Early Modern European -- Processi del S. Uffizio Di Venezia Contro Ebrei E Giudaizzanti (1642-1681) Volume XI Edited by Pier Cesare Ioly Zorattini

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Early Modern European -- Processi del S. Uffizio Di Venezia Contro Ebrei E Giudaizzanti (1642-1681) Volume XI Edited by Pier Cesare Ioly Zorattini

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Processi del S. Uffizio id Venezia contro ebrei e giudaizzanti (1642-1681), Volume XI. Edited by Pier Caesurae Oily Zorattlni.

Fontes S. Officii Venetiarum ad Res Iudaicas Spectantes, Vol. 11. Storia dell'ebraismo in Italia, Studi e Testi, XV, Sezione Veneta 12.

(Florence: Leo S. Olschki Editore. 1993. Pp. viii, 258. Lire 75.000 paperback)

This is the eleventh volume in a distinguished series which prints the complete texts of all the Venetian Inquisition trials dealing with Jews and accused judaizers from 1548 through 1681.

The cases in these last forty years were not of great significance, which is part of the story. There were several denunciations concerning feigned, forced, and/or sincere conversions. For example, a Jew converted to Christianity divorced his Jewish wife, then married a Christian for financial reasons. The Christian wife accused him of continuing to be a practicing Jew and attempting to persuade her to become a Jew. Either the Venetian Inquisition took no action, or else the documents are missing. Another case involved the accusation that a Ferrara Jew had kidnapped his sister, who intended to become a Christian, had taken her to the Venetian ghetto, and promised her in marriage to a Jew. The outcome is unclear. A Christian servant woman working for Jews in the Venetian ghetto ceased to be a practicing Christian, went to the synagogue and followed Jewish dietary laws, and was promised financial aid to flee to the Levant. When she repented, the Holy Office absolved her without a formal trial.

A couple of cases dealt with accusations of magical practice. Abraham, who worked for a Christian printing press, cooked in oil the heart of a rabbit for nine mornings while pronouncing curses over it in order to free his wife from infernal spirits. …

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