In Latin, Hebrew, and Aramaic, Rome, 1481
On Good Friday 1481, Flavius Mithridates, a converted Jew from a learned Sicilian family, preached this sermon before the pope and cardinals in the Vatican. A good linguist, Flavius dazzled the clerics with his deft pronunciation of Hebrew and Aramaic as he cited Jewish texts to prove that the Jews had known and resisted the truths of Christianity. A clever charlatan, he altered and invented much of the evidence, borrowing from medieval Christian polemics against the Jews.
Barb. lat. 1775 fols. 117 verso-118 recto orient01 IGH.01
In Latin, Owned by Pico della Mirandola, with notes in his hand, Fifteenth century
One Christian scholar who used the help of the learned but tricky Flavius Mithridates was Pico della Mirandola, who here struggles to unravel the secret meanings of the Book of Job.
Ottob. lat. 607 fol. 3 recto orient02 IGH.02