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How the Jews, wherever they may be, stick together and form a Mystical Body

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The caution and manners of the Jews differ depending on whether they are amongst themselves or in the company of Old Christians so that, when amongst themselves, they make use of affected names, or names from the Old Testament. Wherever they are together, the Jews form a mystical body governed in order to benefit all of them. This chapter focuses on a letter that those in Rome wrote to those in Portugal at the time when the Inquisition was established in that kingdom. The letter describes that although innocent, they must remember that over there in Lisbon they are exposed to the danger of death. The letter concludes with the wishes of all of them and the evidence Christians possess that all of them work together, wherever they are, as if they constituted a single body and heart.

Keywords: Christians; Costa Mattos; Inquisition in Portugal; Jews; Old Testament; Portugal

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