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Isaac Abravanel: Letters

Cedric Cohen Skalli

Published by Walter de Gruyter
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Title: Isaac Abravanel: Letters

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Book Type: Hardcover

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Hardcover. 193 pages. Dimensions: 9.2in. x 6.2in. x 0.7in.Almost five hundred years after his death, Don Isaac Abravanel (1437-1508) remains a legendary figure of Sephardic history, and above all of the Expulsion of 1492. There are numerous portraits that have been painted of him by pre-modern and modern scholars. And still we hesitate and cannot discern which is the true one. This first critical edition of Abravanels Portuguese and Hebrew letters opens a unique window on a complex cultural process of assimilation and dissimulation of humanism among the fifteenth-century Jewish elite. On the one hand, it establishes Abravanel s assimilation of Iberian humanism and of major aspects of the Petrarchian consolatio; on the other hand, it points at the strategies used by him to dissimulate and adapt humanism to Jewish leadership. The duality of Jewish humanists like Don Isaac was obviously a great richness, but it indicated as well their difficulty in expressing themselves coherently and comprehensively in one of the two agoras - Jewish or Christian in which they were involved as literati and writers. The present edition and study of Abravanel s Portuguese and Hebrew letters sheds a new light on the complexity of this new figure of the Jewish humanist. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9783110194920

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Synopsis: Almost five hundred years after his death, Don Isaac Abravanel (1437-1508) remains a legendary figure of Sephardic history, and above all of the Expulsion of 1492. There are numerous portraits that have been painted of him by pre-modern and modern scholars. And still we hesitate and cannot discern which is the true one. This first critical edition of Abravanel's Portuguese and Hebrew letters opens a unique window on a complex cultural process of assimilation and dissimulation of humanism among the fifteenth-century Jewish elite. On the one hand, it establishes Abravanel s assimilation of Iberian humanism and of major aspects of the Petrarchian consolatio; on the other hand, it points at the strategies used by him to dissimulate and adapt humanism to Jewish leadership. The duality of Jewish humanists like Don Isaac was obviously a great richness, but it indicated as well their difficulty in expressing themselves coherently and comprehensively in one of the two agoras - Jewish or Christian in which they were involved as literati and writers. The present edition and study of Abravanel s Portuguese and Hebrew letters sheds a new light on the complexity of this new figure of the Jewish humanist.

About the Author: Cedric Cohen Skalli, Shalem Center of Jerusalem, Israel.

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