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Book Notes American Jewish Life The Lost Minyan, by David M. Gitlitz. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2010. 316 pp. $29.95. ISBN 978-0-8263-4973-6. Between 1391 and 1492 a substantial number of Spain's Jewish community, once the largest in Europe, converted to Catholicism either voluntarily or through physical or psychological coercion. The Lost Minyan profiles ten Crypto-Jewish families coping with the trauma of living between worlds, neither wholly Catholic nor wholly Jewish. Struggling to hide their secrets from neighbors, servants, children, and even spouses, they try to resolve the tension between their need for and fear of community. While the details and conversations of these lives are fictional, they draw from historical fact as documented in eyewitness accounts, contemporary chronicles, and the dossiers of Inquisition trials in the archives of Spain and Mexico. Ancient World and Archaeology Rediscovering the Dead Sea Scrolls: An Assessment of Old and New Approaches and Methods, edited by Maxine L. Grossman. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2010. 318 pp. $28.00. ISBN 978-0-8028-4009-7. Both within and outside the field of Qumran scholarship, the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls is sometimes treated as a rather specialized closed shop. By encouraging interdisciplinary methodological discussions, this volume intends to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies Purdue University Press

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American Jewish Life The Lost Minyan, by David M. Gitlitz. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2010. 316 pp. $29.95. ISBN 978-0-8263-4973-6. Between 1391 and 1492 a substantial number of Spain's Jewish community, once the largest in Europe, converted to Catholicism either voluntarily or through physical or psychological coercion. The Lost Minyan profiles ten Crypto-Jewish families coping with the trauma of living between worlds, neither wholly Catholic nor wholly Jewish. Struggling to hide their secrets from neighbors, servants, children, and even spouses, they try to resolve the tension between their need for and fear of community. While the details and conversations of these lives are fictional, they draw from historical fact as documented in eyewitness accounts, contemporary chronicles, and the dossiers of Inquisition trials in the archives of Spain and Mexico. Ancient World and Archaeology Rediscovering the Dead Sea Scrolls: An Assessment of Old and New Approaches and Methods, edited by Maxine L. Grossman. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2010. 318 pp. $28.00. ISBN 978-0-8028-4009-7. Both within and outside the field of Qumran scholarship, the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls is sometimes treated as a rather specialized closed shop. By encouraging interdisciplinary methodological discussions, this volume intends to

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