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1 Prooftexts: God and Knowledge in the Visión deleitable

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The first work in MS Parm. 2666 is the mid-fifteenth-century allegory, the Visión deleitable, which survives in some seventeen Romance manuscript witnesses, and eleven early modern print editions, and was, in Luis Girón-Negrón's words, a "Spanish best-seller". This chapter explores possible reasons that a Jewish or converso scholar and copyist would want a copy of this text, particularly in light of the other works collected in this miscellany, as well as examines how some of the variants unique to this witness change the ways in which we can interpret how at least one contemporary copyist/reader of the text, the one responsible for copying this Hebrew aljamiado version, read the text in light of fifteenth-century religious and philosophic debates. It tells how Sabieza instructs Entendimiento on the nature and types of angels, demons and forms of magic.

Keywords: aljamiado; Entendimiento; Jewish; Sabieza; Visión deleitable



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