Isaac Abravanel: Letters

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This first critical edition of Isaac Abravanel’s correspondence opens a window into the cultural, political and commercial world of one of the first Jewish humanists of the quattrocento. Jewish leader of the expelled Sephardim after 1492, commentator of the Bible, Abravanel is a legendary figure of the Sephardic history. The edition of the letters along with the introductive essay that reconstructs their cultural background intends to connect the legendary figure of Abravanel to the major reason of his remarkable...

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Overview

This first critical edition of Isaac Abravanel’s correspondence opens a window into the cultural, political and commercial world of one of the first Jewish humanists of the quattrocento. Jewish leader of the expelled Sephardim after 1492, commentator of the Bible, Abravanel is a legendary figure of the Sephardic history. The edition of the letters along with the introductive essay that reconstructs their cultural background intends to connect the legendary figure of Abravanel to the major reason of his remarkable career: his successful assimilation of Renaissance humanism.

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"Les éditions Walter de Gruyter proposent pour la première fois une édition critique, une traduction et une étude conjointes des quatre lettres d'Isaac Abravanel [...]. L'étude, entièrement orientée vers une évaluation de l'integration de thèmes humanistes en monde juif, se serait peut-être trouvée enrichie par une analyse, en retour, de l'usage de thèmes juifs dans la lettre protugaise."David Lemler in: Revue des Etudes Juives 1-2.168/2009
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783110194920
  • Publisher: De Gruyter
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Series: Studia Judaica Series, #40
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Cedric Cohen Skalli,Shalem Center of Jerusalem, Israel.

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Table of Contents

Foreword     VII
Introduction     1
The Portuguese and Hebrew Manuscript Transmission of the Letters     1
Historical Interest and Literary Content of Abravanel's Letters     10
The Past Editions of Abravanel's Letters     74
The Present Edition     77
Edition and Translation     79
A Portuguese Letter, 1470-1471     81
First Hebrew Letter, 1472     99
Second Hebrew Letter, 1481     133
Third Hebrew Letter, 1482     149
Appendices     167
A letter of the Council of Santarem containing a quotation of a letter of Yehuda Abravanel and another Castillan Jew to the King Afonso V     169
Notary registry of the slave referred in Abravanel's first Hebrew letter     179
Registry of Isaac Abravanel's and Latao's account at the bank of Francesco and Bernardo Cambini     181
Bibliography     183
Index of Persons     193
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