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The Preaching Section Of Tiferet Bahurim

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Jewish manuscripts originating in Italy contain collections and anthologies of different elements from diverse sources and genres, including public sermons. Jewish sermon became an excellent propaganda device for spreading messages and, therefore, was added as a key additional component to the manuscript that includes Tiferet Bahurim. The prominent fact in Jewish-Italian preaching until the early sixteenth century is the dearth of written sources recording public preaching activity. Modern research has (mistakenly) repeated Umberto Cassuto's claim that only one sermon has remained from the fifteenth century. The theoretical study of preaching points to the interface of Spanish tradition and Italian preaching. Jewish preaching in Italy engaged in a close and fascinating cultural dialogue with Catholic preaching during the Counter-Reformation, and particularly after the Council of Trent had emphasized the significant role of "holy preaching" in spreading the educational and ideological message of the Church.

Keywords: Counter-Reformation; Jewish-Italian preaching; public sermons; Tiferet Bahurim



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