Um relato de viagem judaico medieval: o itinerário Benjamin de Tudela (1130-1173) e sua recepção na modernidade

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Universidade Federal de Goiás


This dissertation offers a new approach to the study of Benjamin of Tudela's Itinerary, one that does not simply engage with the narrative as a text to be mined for facts to shed light on the Jewish and non-Jewish worlds of the twelfth century. Rather, it approaches the text in a new direction – its manuscript and print traditions – to place the narrative in different contexts. Examining the text over a significant period shows that the Itinerary continued to be broadcast because different audiences adapted it for their own specific uses. Consequently, the work experienced varying levels of textual intervention – with the interventions of copyists and printers changing the text. Benjamin of Tudela's Itinerary, as will be noted, had a multitude of uses. Until the 16th century – whether read in Hebrew or Latin, by a Jewish or Christian audience – the narrative was understood as a 12th century eyewitness travel account used to gain information about a historical past. Early modern Jews added additional layers of meaning as Iberian exiles sought to recreate the lives they had lost after being expelled from the peninsula. At the end of the 16th century, interpretations of the work, within a Christian context, changed. First, it drew suspicion from the Church for its messianic connotations and numerous Christian references. Second, through the 1633 edition, Benjamin's narrative entered the realm of Judeo-Christian polemics. This dissertation, then, offers a study of a Hebrew travel narrative, its textual changes and accumulation of meanings from its twelfth-century origins to 1633, to demonstrate how the Itinerary has remained relevant to subsequent audiences.



SILVA, Taís N. Um relato de viagem judaico medieval: o itinerário Benjamin de Tudela (1130-1173) e sua recepção na modernidade. 2023. 150 f. Dissertação (Mestrado em História) - Universidade Federal de Goiás, Goiânia, 2023.