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Violent Conversions on Minorca: Examining Severus’ Epistula

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Material Information

Title:
Violent Conversions on Minorca: Examining Severus’ Epistula
Physical Description:
Book
Language:
English
Creator:
Blair, Sophia
Publisher:
New College of Florida
Place of Publication:
Sarasota, Fla.
Publication Date:

Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Bachelor's ( B.A.)
Degree Grantor:
New College of Florida
Degree Divisions:
Humanities
Area of Concentration:
Religion, Art
Faculty Sponsor:
Marks, Susan

Subjects

Genre:
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, territorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract:
Up until this point, the Epistula Severi, a fifth century Latin text authored by Severus, bishop to Minorca, has undergone little scrutiny. Scott Bradbury’s translation of the text to English in 1996 reveals a historical yet constructed text that narrates the supposedly consensual conversions of 540 Jews following a series of miraculous events. I seek to explore and unpack both the conversions themselves and the construction of Severus’ account first by examining the miracles and drawing connections between them and similar biblical events in order to establish the dominant rhetoric of the letter. I then examine the conversions themselves and attempt to determine whether forceful conversion and hostile relations between Christians and Jews were commonplace at the time through cross-referencing other historical accounts and texts like the Roman law codes. Finally I examine local sociopolitical factors on Minorca at the time that Severus wrote the letter in an attempt to discern potential factors that could have influenced both the conversions themselves, and the manner in which Severus chose to portray them, such as the threat to that part of the Empire by the Visigoths. These investigations shed light on a document that came to exist through the extraordinary confluence and pressure of many motivations and factors, not the least of which was the deterioration of Jewish-Christian relations in the fifth century C.E.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Sophia Blair
Thesis:
Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2014
General Note:
RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
General Note:
This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida Libraries, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
General Note:
Faculty Sponsor: Marks, Susan

Record Information

Source Institution:
New College of Florida
Holding Location:
New College of Florida
Rights Management:
Applicable rights reserved.
Resource Identifier:
Classification:
S.T. 2014 B53
System ID:
AA00024718:00001

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