Essential Papers on Jewish Culture in Renaissance and Baroque Italy


This book represents a sample of the most penetrating Jewish movements.

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This book represents a sample of the most penetrating Jewish movements.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814774205
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1992
  • Series: Essential Papers on Jewish Studies
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 918,203
  • Product dimensions: 1.36 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

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David Ruderman.

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Table of Contents

I Jewish Culture and the Renaissance
A New Forms of Hebrew Literary Execution: Rhetoric, Humanism, and the Jewish Sermon
1 Jewish Adaptation of Humanist Concepts in Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Italy 45
2 Ars Rhetorica as Reflected in Some Jewish Figures of the Italian Renaissance 63
3 Italian Jewish Preaching: An Overview 85
B The Jewish Encounter with Magic, Ancient Theology, and Neoplatonism
4 The Magical and Neoplatonic Interpretations of the Kabbalah in the Renaissance 107
5 The Place of the Dialoghi d'amore in Contemporaneous Jewish Thought 170
C Jewish Historical Writing in the Sixteenth Century
6 Clio and the Jews: Reflections on Jewish Historiography in the Sixteenth Century 191
7 How Golden Was the Age of the Renaissance in Jewish Historiography? 219
8 Azariah de' Rossi and the Forgeries of Annius of Viterbo 252
D Sixteenth-Century Messianism and Kabbalah and Their Transformations in Italy
9 Messianic Expectations and Spiritualization of Religious Life in the Sixteenth Century 283
10 Hope against Hope: Jewish and Christian Messianic Expectations in the Late Middle Ages 299
11 Particularism and Universalism in Kabbalah, 1480-1650 324
12 Major Currents in Italian Kabbalah between 1560 and 1660 345
II Jewish Culture in the Setting of the Ghetto
A The Significance of the Ghetto in Shaping Jewish Society and Culture
13 From Geographical Realia to Historiographical Symbol: The Odyssey of the Word Ghetto 373
14 The Consciousness of Closure: Roman Jewry and Its Ghet 386
15 Change in the Cultural Patterns of a Jewish Society in Crisis: Italian Jewry at the Close of the Sixteenth Century 401
B Cultural Trends In the Age of the Ghetto
16 Leone da Modena's Riti: A Seventeenth-Century Plea for Social Toleration of Jews 429
17 Tradition and Innovation in Jewish Music of the Later Renaissance 474
18 Baroque Trends in Italian Hebrew Poetry as Reflected in an Unknown Genre 502
19 The Impact of Science on Jewish Culture and Society in Venice 519
20 The Eve of the Circumcision: A Chapter in the History of Jewish Nightlife 554
Index 589
About the Editor 598
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