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This ebook presents an edited textual content, advent, and translation of a valuable record within the heritage of non secular coercion in overdue antiquity: Severus of Minorca's Letter at the Conversion of the Jews. The Letter describes the compelled conversion of the Jews of Minorca to Christianity in advert 418. It deals a desirable viewpoint on Jewish-Christian family in a Mediterranean city, and at the reasons for spiritual intolerance. furthermore, its wealth of knowledge a few diaspora Jewish group within the western empire makes it specific between surviving assets.

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Blockley). 124 Hydatius, Chron. a. 410); Olympiod. fr. 29. 2(ed. Blockley), also reports famine so severe that acts of cannibalism took place, cf. Ezek. 14: 21: 'These were the words of the Lord, "How much less hope is there for Jerusalem when I inflict on her -50- Spain in these years was virtually abandoned by the Roman government at Ravenna. The Emperor Honorius could not mount an effective resistance to the invasion of Italy, much less far-off Spain. The Spaniards Orosius and Hydatius probably reflect the popular perception at the time when they report that the invaders simply divided up the country 'by lot' and settled down in the provinces which they had drawn.

8). 89 Innocentius, on the other hand, is a refugee who had recently fled the warfare on the Spanish mainland and found refuge on Minorca (18. 4). It is Innocentius who flees to the hills along with Meletius after the disastrous debate at which many Jews wrongly conclude that Theodorus has converted. 90 Meletius addresses Innocentius as 'learned not only in Latin literature, but in Greek literature as well, and meditating constantly on the Law' (18. 15). Innocentius counsels capitulation and acceptance of Christianity, but his wife puts up a stubborn resistance, rejecting for four days his 'threats, prayers, and tears' (27.

Even more interesting is the issue of Litorius' religious affiliation. Was he (1) a Jew, (2) a Christian, or (3) a pagan? In favour of his Judaism, we may cite his daughter's spirited resistance to forced conversion; in favour of his Christianity, the law of 418 ( CTh 16. 8. 24) that excluded all Jews from the higher ranks of the civil and military administration; in favour of his paganism, the report of the chronicler Prosper of Aquitaine that he foolishly trusted in soothsayers and pagan diviners before his final defeat.

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