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Don Quixote—Talmudist And Mucho Más

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Jews from Moslem Spain played a major role in the transmission of certain literary genres and motifs to Provence. In a profound sense the literary strategy of the converse is the opposite of what Rabbinic literature designates minut. This chapter examines a story in Don Quixote II, together with a passage in the Talmud, B. Ned. 25a. It is seen that both accounts are interrelated, shedding light on each other. The story takes place in the mythical Island of Barataria, where Don Quixote's faithful companion Sancho Panza was installed as Governor. A similar story known as qanya de-Raba, "Raba's Reed," albeit with significant variation of details to be examined below, appears in the Talmud. In both the Talmud and Cervantes, handing over the reed is related to the administration of the oath. Generally, Rabbinic law requires the deponent to hold a Scroll of the Torah as he swears.

Keywords: Don Quixote II; Jews; Moslem; Rabbinic literature; Talmud; Torah



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