Leon Modena – A Conflicted Soul Leon Modena was a devout Jew and esteemed Rabbi living in a time and place dominated by Christian culture, religion and politics. Modena seems to have believed that the practice of Christianity was dangerous for Jews, and in fact wrote an entire “treatise against the Christians, Magen va-Herev,” which he mentioned specifically in his will (Modena, 1988, 176). Despite his misgivings about Christianity, however, he also seems to have recognized some of its good qualities, and to have seen it as a better alternative than paganism or idolatry. Furthermore, as an Italian individual, Modena was deeply immersed in Christian culture and often found himself preaching to Christian people. While Modena seemed to...The end:
..... to come to terms with Christianity, and this acceptance and respect ultimately created great tension with his profound respect and adherence to Jewish traditions. Works Cited "Changing Jewish Discourse About Christianity: The Efforts of Rabbi Leone Modena.” The Lion Shall Roar: Leone Modena and His World, 159-194. Ed. Malkiel, David ed. Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 2002. Print. Modena, Leon. The History of the Rites, Customes, and Manner of Life, of the Present Jews, throughout the World. Trans. Edmund Chilmead. London: Ram Alley, 1650. Print. Modena, Leon. “The Life of Judah.” The Autobiography of a Seventeenth-Century Venetian Rabbi: Leon Modena's Life of Judah, 72-180. Ed. Cohen, Mark. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1988. Print.