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Conclusion: Textual Truths

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The works collected in MS Parm. 2666 reveal copyists and readers open to and highly educated in the ideas of medieval Christian scholasticism, the terminology and concepts of Judeo-Andalusi Maimonidean thought, early humanist discourses on political and moral philosophy, Kabbalistic and rabbinic exegesis, and even profane court poetry in the Romance vernacular. The texts copied in this collection further reveal the ways in which those Jews and descendants of Jews in fifteenth-century Iberia who had learned and used the Hebrew alphabet used it as the vehicle for transmitting and interpreting the intellectual trends of the Romance-speaking culture of which they were also fundamental players. As such, these texts offer a glimpse of how ethics, this concern for the individual and community and for the fate of one's soul, is articulated among Jews and conversos as part of a response to the social realities of fifteenth century Iberia.

Keywords: Christian scholasticism; Iberia; Jews; Judeo-Andalusi; MS Parm. 2666; Romance vernacular



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