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This chapter provides an overview of the book which tells the story of the evolution of the discriminatory concept of purity of blood, its complex nature, its magnitude in the early Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), and the role Christians of Jewish ancestry played in the Order. Purity of blood was an obsessive concern that originated in mid-fifteenth-century Spain, based on the biased belief that the unfaithfulness of the "deicide Jews" not only had endured in those who converted to Catholicism but also had been transmitted by blood to their descendants, regardless of their sincerity in professing the Christian faith.

Keywords: Jesus; Jews



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