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Sephardic Judaism
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At least since the first century c.e., Jews have lived in Iberia. These people, the Sephardim, took their name from Sepharad, what they called the Peninsula on which they made their home for the centuries to come. Their provenance, both temporal and geographical, remains a subject of debate. Some prominent Sephardic families claim their ancestors were in the lands that became Spain and Portugal since the Babylonian captivity, at the time of the destruction of the first Temple. Whether these ancestors …

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Larsen, Kevin S., “Sephardic Judaism”, in: Encyclopaedia of Judaism. Consulted online on 31 March 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-9029_EJ_SIM_0003>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004141001, 20040701

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