It is Not Possible to be Both a Jew and a Christian: Converso Religious Identity

Francis Soyer recently published an article discussing the Inquisitional trial of Custodio Nunes and discusses Converso Religious Identity in the early modern period.

The complex identity of Conversos has always intrigued students who are often led to wonder which identity is actually primary. Converso identity was often the fusion of Christian, Jewish, and other elements.

For an article highlighting Converso identity in the period following the massacres and violence of 1391, see Converso Dualities in the First Generation.


By  Rabbi Juan Bejarano-Gutierrez, the director of the B’nei Anusim Center for Education, and author of What is Kosher?

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Rabbi Juan Bejarano-Gutierrez is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas where he earned a bachelor of science in electrical engineering. He studied at the Siegal College of Judaic Studies in Cleveland and received a Master of Arts Degree with Distinction in Judaic Studies. He completed his doctoral studies at the Spertus Institute of Jewish Learning and Leadership in Chicago in 2015. His doctoral dissertation is titled “Complex Identities: Christian and Jewish Attitudes Towards Conversos” and was accepted in September 2015. He also studied at the American Seminary for Contemporary Judaism and received rabbinic ordination in 2011 from Yeshiva Mesilat Yesharim.