This text was prepared by William Gross:
The beginning of the Jewish community in Amsterdam is rooted in the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions at the end of the 16th century. During this period, many of the large number of Jews whose ancestors had been forcibly converted almost one hundred years earlier and labeled "New Christians" were being hounded and accused of heresies. Some of these chose to leave and found a friendly refuge in the Protestant city of Amsterdam. As more and more of them arrived and sought to return to their Jewish roots, the need arose for fundamental Jewish texts that would be comprehensible to an audience ignorant of Hebrew. Benviniste, in Spanish
Humas de Parasioth y Aftharoth / traduzido palabra por palabra de la verdad hebraica en español (Five Books of the Torah and Haftarot, translated to Spanish). Amsterdam: Immanuel Benveniste, 1643. Spanish. This edition was issued for the benefit of descendants of Marranos, and was edited by R. Menasseh ben Israel.Separate title page for the Sephardi-rite Haftarot.
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