Identity Shaped by History, Part 1

September 29, 2021 - 18 Minutes

By Dr. Cyndi Parker

Identity Shaped by History, Part 1

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Identity Shaped by History, Part 1

September 29, 2021 - 18 Minutes

By Dr. Cyndi Parker

Rabbi Dr. Bejarano-Gutierrez introduces us to the history of Crypto-Jewish studies in his Round Table Talk titled Complex Jewish and Christian Identities. In Part 1 of this conversation, we explore the past to understand the complexities around understanding Identity. What happens when people try so hard to protect their version of truth that they actually make issues of Identity more complicated? This is the necessary complex foundation from which we branch into Jewish and Christian conversation in Part 2.

Podcast Notes

Rabbi Dr. Juan Marcos Bejarano-Gutierrez is a rabbi, scholar, and electrical engineer who has been a board member of the Society for Crypto-Jewish Studies and is currently director of the B’nei Anusim Center for Education.  R. Dr. Bejarano-Gutierrez discusses the complexities of Jewish and Christian identities from ancient times until today, from the challenges of Hellenism to the deepest horrors of the Inquisition and the new realities of modernity. His special focus on forced converts and secret Jews gives him a unique perspective on Jewish-Christian relations and history.

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