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During the medieval and early modern periods, exploring the secrets of experience, of texts, and of time provided meaningful patterns of interpretation that were used by individuals and groups to position their own religious identities. The ongoing debate between Jewish and Christian scholars in the fifteenth century was an overture to the humanist Republic of Letters Bonfils, Idels, and Wasserstroms analyses lend themselves quite naturally to a combination with discursive and field-theoretical approaches to the history of religion that is the purpose of this book. Thus, the circles can be described as networks, in which discursive transfers take place, and the intellectual subsystems can be described as fields of discourse.

Keywords: Christian scholars; intellectual subsystems; Jewish



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