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Impostores tres
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[German Version]

(“the three impostors”). In continuation of the religion-critical motif of deceit, known since antiquity, the claim that the three religion-founders Moses, Jesus, and Muḥammad deceived humanity has been in circulation since the Middle Ages (thus in the charge brought by Gregory IX against Emperor Frederick Hohenstaufen). In the late Middle Ages, rumors concerning the existence of a tractate entitled De tribus impostoribus began to spread, leading to numerous attributions and suspicions. The first attested text is the pamphlet De impostoris religionum, which w…

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Beutel, Albrecht, “Impostores tres”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_10319>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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