This Day in Jewish History The Disputation of Tortosa Comes to an End

On this day in 1414, after over a year and a half of theological debates between a representative of the church and representatives from the Jewish community, the 'winner' of the Disputation of Tortosa was announced.

On this day in 1414, the Disputation of Tortosa, a 19-month debate on the respective truth of Judaism and Christianity, came to an end in Tortosa, Catalonia. The disputation, the longest of several public, Church-mandated discussions held during the Middle Ages, was not an open inquiry into the beliefs of the two faiths, but rather, as defined by the Antipope Benedict XIII, intended to use Jewish...