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The Talmud in Latin - #2

Ulisse Cecini and Óscar de la Cruz Palma teamed up with Alexander Fidora and Isaac Lampurlanés Farré for the second half of the project to edit the first Latin translation of the Talmud. After their acclaimed edition of the Extractiones de Talmud per ordinem sequentialem (CCCM 291), they now present the Extractiones de Talmud per ordinem thematicum (CCCM 291A).

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In the year 1244/45, the first Latin translation of the Talmud was completed in Paris. This translation, which is known as the 'Extractiones de Talmud', is extant in two versions. While the first version, edited in CCCM 291 (2018), offers an apparently unbiased presentation of the Talmudic passages following the sequence of the Talmudic treatises, the second one, which may be called the thematic Talmud translation, organizes these texts along with other materials according to thirteen chapters. The titles of these chapters clearly betray the polemic intention of the thematic translation, namely: “On the authority of the Talmud and its praise”; “On the sages and teachers of the Talmud”; “On the blasphemies against Christ and the Holy Virgin”; “On blasphemies against God”; “On what is said against the Christians”; “On errors and heresies”; “On sorcery”; “On dreams”; “On the world to come”; “On the Messiah”; “On stupidities”; “On immoral and impure things”; and “On fables”. It was this second version, which also incorporated additional materials from other Jewish sources, that led to the final condemnation of the Talmud in Paris in the year 1248.


Ulisse Cecini is a Latin philologist who is active as a postdoctoral researcher at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Óscar de la Cruz Palma is Professor of Latin Philology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Alexander Fidora is ICREA Research Professor in the Department of Ancient and Medieval Studies of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, where he has directed the ERC-project "The Latin Talmud" from 2014 to 2019.

Isaac Lampurlanés Farré is a postdoctoral researcher at the Università degli Studi di Padova.


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