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The Commission of Targum Manuscripts and the Patronage of Christian Hebraism in Sixteenth-Century Castile

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This chapter explores Christian Hebraism in Castile in the first half of the sixteenth century from the standpoint of a social history of book production. It focuses on two particular cases of large manuscript commissions, one for the University of Alcalá de Henares, currently manuscripts Valdecilla mss 4 and 5, whose colophon is dated in 1517, and one for the University of Salamanca, currently manuscripts Salamanca 1, 2 and 3, whose only extant colophon is dated in 1532. These two sets of manuscripts contain a large corpus of Jewish Aramaic Targums with accompanying Latin translations. Those two major commissions were the fruit of the lasting professional partnership of two Converso Hebraists, Alfonso de Zamora and Pablo Núñez Coronel. Finally, the chapter suggests ways in which the history of the book can contribute to a broader understanding of targumic scholarship in the Early Modern Period.

Keywords: Alfonso de Zamora; Castile; Christian Hebraism; Jewish Aramaic Targums; Pablo Núñez Coronel



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