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2 The Polemics of Sacrifice: Isaac and “Nuestro Padre” Abraham

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The imagery of the Visión, especially in key textual variants found in MS Parm. 2666, suggest how this work could be read as a narrative of converso spirituality. A poem recorded on folio 198 of MS Parm. 2666 suggests that the copyist/s and readers of the Hebrew aljamiado manuscript did, in fact, read the Visión in this way. The poet associates this tension, inherent in the Aristotelian view of matter and intellect, with the Akedah, or the Binding of Isaac, the narrative of Genesis 22 in which God directs the Patriarch Abraham first to sacrifice his son, Isaac, and then provides him with a lamb to sacrifice instead. This chapter explores how this poet adapts imagery from the Judeo-Iberian philosophical tradition, as well as how such images point to images used by contemporary Jewish preachers and intellectuals, as well as by Jewish and converso poets.

Keywords: Akedah; Isaac; Jewish preachers; Judeo-Iberian philosophical tradition; MS Parm. 2666; Patriarch Abraham; Visión



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