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See also the opening page of the Latin text (p. 9), freely translated into English by the author of the Wikipedia article on the history of the Jews in England 1066-1290:

I wrote it recently putting to paper what a Jew said when disputing with me against our faith in defence of his own law, and what I replied in favour of the faith against his objections. I know not where he was born, but he was educated at Mayence; he was well versed even in our law and literature, and had a mind practised in the Scriptures and in disputes against us. He often used to come to me as a friend both for business and to see me, since in certain things I was very necessary to him, and as often as we came together we would soon get talking in a friendly spirit about the Scriptures and our faith. Now on a certain day, God granted both him and me greater leisure than usual, and soon we began questioning as usual. And as his objections were consequent and logical, and as he explained with equal consequence his former objections, while our reply met his objections foot to foot and by his own confession seemed equally supported by the testimony of the Scriptures, some of the bystanders requested me to preserve our disputes as likely to be of use to others in future. [xxvii]


The Works of Gilbert Crispin, Abbot of Westminster. Ed. Anna Sapir Abulafia and G. R. Evans. London: Published for the British Academy by the Oxford University Press, 1986; Auctores Britannii Medii Aevi, VIII).

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