Crypto-Jewish Education

The following is a list of links to various books and articles on the subject of Conversos, Crypto-Judaism, Sephardic Judaism, and the Inquisition. Eventually, the list will be organized according to topic.

Books on Conversos Available on Google Books

A Network of Converso Families in Early Modern Toledo: Assimilating a Minority

Atlantic Diasporas: Jews, Conversos, and Crypto-Jews in the Age of Mercantilism

A Jewish Renaissance in Fifteenth-century Spain

A Question of Identity: Iberian Conversos in Historical Perspective

Did Cervantes’s Family have Jewish Roots?

In the Shadow of History: Jews and Conversos at the Dawn of Modernity

In the Shadow of the Virgin: Inquisitors, Friars, and Conversos in Guadalupe

Becoming Jewish in Early Modern France: Documents on Jewish Community-Building in Seventeenth-Century Bayonne and Peyrehorade


Conversos of the Americas: Emergence & Descent of the Converted Jews of Spain

Conversos, Inquisition, and the Expulsion of the Jews from Spain

Conversos and Inquisition in Jaén

Conversos on Trial: The Inquisition in Ciudad Real

Conversos in the Responsa of Sephardic Halakhic Authorities in the 15th Century

Creating Conversos: Genealogy and Identity as Historiographical Problems

Dicionário Sefaradi de Sobrenomes: Inclusive Cristãos-novos, Conversos, Marranos, Italianos, Berberes

Hebrews of the Portuguese Nation: Conversos and Community in Early Modern Amsterdam

Linajudos and Conversos in Seville: Greed and Prejudice in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-century Spain

Jews and Conversos at the Time of the Expulsion

Jews and Conversos: Studies in Society and the Inquisition 

Jewish Questions: Responsa on Sephardic Life in the Early Modern Period

Jewish Voyagers to the New World Emerging From History’s Mists

Judíos Conversos: Los Antepasados Judíos de las Familias Tradicionales Argentinas, Volume 1

Marginal Voices: Studies in Converso Literature of Medieval and Golden Age Spain

Marginal Voices: StudiSecret Lives, Public Lies: The Conversos and Socio-religious Non-conformism in the Spanish Golden Agees in Converso Literature of Medieval and Golden Age Spain

Misera Hispania: Jews and Conversos in Alonso de Espina’s Fortalitium fidei

On Marranos and Sabbateans: A Reexamination of Charismatic Religiosity – Its Roots, It’s Place and It’s Significance in the Life of the Western Sephardi Diaspora

Souls in Dispute: Converso Identities in Iberia and the Jewish Diaspora

The Conversos and Moriscos in Late Medieval Spain and Beyond: Volume Two

The Conversos and Moriscos in Late Medieval Spain and Beyond, Volume 3

The Conversos of Majorca: life and death in a crypto-Jewish community in XVII century Spain

The Origins of the Inquisition in Fifteenth Century Spain

The Persecution of the Jews and Muslims of Portugal: King Manuel I and the End of Religious Tolerance (1496-1497)

The Reeducation of the Marranos in the Seventeenth Century

The Spanish Inquisition, 1478-1614

The Virgin of Guadalupe and the Conversos: Uncovering Hidden Influences from Spain to Mexico

To the End of the Earth: A History of the Crypto-Jews of New Mexico

Una herejía española: conversos, alumbrados e Inquisición (1449-1559)

Articles on Conversos

More coming


  1. Estimado Senyor Rabino, en primer lugar le quiero felicitar por lo complida e interesante de su home page. Mi nombre se Felipe A. Nissim Rosas y hasta hace aproximadamente un anyo vivi en Los Angeles, donde era miembro de la Keyla Tiferet Israel. Agora vivo en la sivdad de Fort Worth kon mi hijo y estoy trabajando en la universidad del Norte de Texas UNT. Aki estoy asistiendo a la Keyla de Chabad, kon el Senyor Rabino Dov. Me gustaria. Muchisimo saber si ustedes tienen algun Kal. Michisimas gracias.

    Felipe A. Nissim Rosas
    3613 Dexter Ave. Apt. 16
    Fort Worth, TX 76107
    817 655 0677

  2. I’m interested in getting an english language Jewish daily prayer book for my father. Is there a site where I can get this?

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