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Sixtus of Siena
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(1520, Siena – Sep 28, 1569, Genoa), possibly a convert from Judaism, initially a Franciscan, condemned to death as a heretic, then persuaded to recant and enter the Dominican order. He dedicated his principal work to Pius V: Bibliotheca sancta (Venice 1566, etc.; ed. P.T. Milante, 2 vols., Naples 1742), an introduction to the Bible focused strictly on its literal sense and drawing on Jewish exegesis. Sixtus demanded that the Talmud be burned but valued the kabbalistic Zohar, claiming that it supported belief in Christ.


J.W. Montgomery, …

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Raeder, Siegfried, “Sixtus of Siena”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 July 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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