Görge K. Hasselhoff
Technical University Dortmund
Institut für Evangelische Theologie Department
Since the Talmud had been introduced into the European Jewish world, in the 11th century, Christians got knowledge about it. Whereas, during the 12th century, Christians were on friendly terms with the Jewish exegesis, their attitude changed completely around 1230s when Nicholas Donin, a convert Jew-to-Christian, made the accusation arguing that the Talmud contained blasphemies against Christ and Christianity. For that purpose, he translated about 35 passages from the Talmud. Some years later, friars from the Dominican convent of St Jacques in Paris provided two different Latin translations of c. 1500 passages from the Talmud.
In 1263 another convert, Pau Cristia, discussed publicly with Jews about Jesus as the Messiah and the role of the Talmud. These disputations were accompanied by Ramon Martí’s major work – Pugio Fidei (Dagger of Faith) – that contained, among other texts, more than one hundred of bilingual (Hebrew/Aramaic with Latin translation) quotations from several Talmudic treatises.
Görge K. Hasselhoff: Graduate in Theology, Philosophy and Jewish Studies from Bielefeld, Marburg, Heidelberg and Berlin, he was research collaborator in Heidelberg and Bonn; he also received a PhD in Church History, Heidelberg: Dicit Rabbi Moyses - Studies on the image of Moses Maimonides in Latin Christian literature from the 13th to 15th centuries; as well he was research scholar at the KHK Bochum “Dynamics in the History of Religions”; he received an Habilitation at the Technical University Dortmund and, currently, is adjunct professor; he held several visiting professorships in Potsdam (Germany), Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil), São Leopoldo, RS (Brazil), Barcelona (Catalonia); finally he is author of four monographs and editor of fifteen volumes, many articles and reviews.