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Tortosa, Disputation of

Tortosa, Disputation of. A Jewish–Christian disputation held in Tortosa in 1413–14. The disputation was the longest of the medieval disputations. It was presided over by the pope and was predominantly a missionary exercise on the part of the Christians. The Christian side was led by the apostate, Geronimo de Santa Fé, who was always allowed to conclude the discussion. Jewish participants included Zerahiah ha-Levi, Astruc ha-Levi, Joseph Albo, and Mattathias ha-Yizhari. Many Jews were baptized as a consequence.

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