Don Isaac Abravanel: Statesman and Philosopher / Edition 5

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Don Isaac Abravanel (1437–1508) was a major historical figure during the waning of the Middle Ages. Statesman, diplomat, courtier, and financier, he was, at the same time, a scholar of encyclopedic learning, a philosopher, an exegete, a prolific author, a mystic, and an apocalyptist. In Abravanel, B. Netanyahu suggests, two long lines of tradition met and concluded: that of medieval Jewish statesmen and that of medieval Jewish philosophers. In what is both a biography and an exploration of Abravanel's thought and influence, Netanyahu describes how Abravanel illuminated the grave crisis and profound transformation experienced by the Jewish people after the Spanish expulsion. First published in 1953, Don Isaac Abravanel has been out of print for several years. This new edition includes revisions in the text, notes, and bibliography.
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"This is the study of the life and ideas of Don Isaac Abravanel (1437–1508), a major figure at the end of the Middle Ages and during the transformation of Judaism after the Spanish expulsion. The author traces Abravanel's tumultuous career as a financier and statesman in Portugal, Spain, Naples, and Venice and analyses his world outlook, view of history, poltical ideas, and mystical messianism."—W. Charles Heiser, S. J., Theology Digest, Fall 1999

"A basic reference and one which cannot be ignored by any responsible scholar in the fields of Spanish and Jewish studies. . . . It is one of those rare books which make interesting reading both for scholars and for the general reader interested in Judaism and its rich cultural and religious history."—Francisco Márquez, Harvard University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801484858
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2012
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,014,231
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Financier and Statesman
I Portugal: Happy Haven 3
II Spain: Land of Persecution 33
III Naples: Scene of Trouble 61
IV Venice: The Last Refuge 82
Pt. 2 Commentator and Philosopher
I World Outlook 95
II View of History 130
III Political Concepts 150
IV Messianism 195
Appendices 261
Notes 265
Bibliography 327
Index 337
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2004

    The story of a great figure in Jewish history faithfully told

    This work tells the story of a great figure in Jewish history through most troublesome times. It is written with great sympathy and understanding.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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