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Purification

  • Nathan Ron
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Abstract

Nicholas Terpstra showed how the Corpus Christianum as a metaphor of purity was predominant in Christian religious and social life, to the effect of distinguishing Christianity from Judaism and Islam, both spiritually and physically. Terpstra did not specifically refer to Erasmus, yet his presentation provides the conceptual context for some of Erasmus’ expressions that identify the purified Christian state with the absence of Jews and Marranos from its territory. This desire was religious—Erasmus’ fear of Judaic influence on Christianity. Nonetheless, such expressions have racial anti-Semitic implications.

Keywords

Terpstra France Jewish-free Marranos Spain 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nathan Ron
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  1. 1.School of HistoryUniversity of HaifaMount Carmel, HaifaIsrael

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