Rabbis And Jewish Communities In Renaissance Italy by Robert BonfilRabbis And Jewish Communities In Renaissance Italy by Robert Bonfil

Rabbis And Jewish Communities In Renaissance Italy

byRobert Bonfil

Paperback | November 15, 1993

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Focusing on the figure of the rabbi, this book provides a vivid picture of Italian Jewry during the Renaissance. The author discusses Jewish life of the period (c.1450-1600) in its social, institutional, and cultural aspects, placing them against the backdrop of the wider Catholic environmentto give an original interpretation of how Jewish cultural and religious life developed in the Renaissance context. Particular attention is given to changes in the status and functions of the rabbis and to the relations between the rabbinate and the lay leadership. Of special interest is theexploration of the cultural world of the rabbis and the broader issue of intellectual developments at the time. Essentially a translation of Part I of the Hebrew edition, which won wide acclaim for its perspective, Rabbis and Jewish Communities in Renaissance Italy has been carefully adapted for anEnglish-speaking readership. Substantial excerpts from the appendices have been incorporated into the text so that the evidence necessary to support the arguments is easily accessible. relations between members of the Rabbinate and the lay leaders of their communities.This discussion is set within the context of the wider Catholic environment which impinged on Jewish life at many points. Of special interest and importance is a chapter dealing with the cultural world of the rabbis and the broader issue of cultural change and movements in intellectual attitudesduring the Renaissance. In this edition the translator has inserted substantial excerpts from the appendices at appropriate points within the text in order to make available to the reader all the evidence necessary to support the arguments presented.
Robert Bonfil is Professor Emeritus of Medieval and Renaissance Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has published extensively on Medieval and Renaissance Jewish History in Italy.
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Title:Rabbis And Jewish Communities In Renaissance ItalyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:380 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.87 inPublished:November 15, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:187477417X

ISBN - 13:9781874774174

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"Masterly work ... undoubtedly a major study on the rabbinate. His controversial stand on many issues related to the Italian Renaissance has and will continue to stimulate fertile discussion." --Joanna Weinberg, Journal of Semitic Studies