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Jewish Philosophical Polemics Against Christianity in the Middle Ages

Lasker, Daniel J.

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ISBN 10: 0870684981 / ISBN 13: 9780870684982
Published by Ktav Pub. House, New York, 1977
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8vo. xi. 286 pp. Green cloth in original printed dust jacket. Classic scholarly work on medieval Jewish polemics against Spain that made use of philosophical arguments instead of simple appeals to scripture. These sorts of exchanges were a product of Spanish culture in which Jews, Christians and Muslims lived together and spoke to each other. This forced them to make use of philosophy as a neutral ground that all sides could accept as binding. Daniel Lasker is a leading scholar in the field of medieval Jewish thought. Text in English, with some appendices containing Hebrew and Arabic. Some fading and age wear on dj. Dj in fair condition. Minor bumping on top and bottom of spine, otherwise book in fine condition. Bookseller Inventory # 17622

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Title: Jewish Philosophical Polemics Against ...

Publisher: Ktav Pub. House, New York

Publication Date: 1977

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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Thorough and meticulously researched, this study is based on a comprehensive reading of philosophical arguments drawn from all the major Jewish sources, published and unpublished, from the Geonic period in the ninth century until the dawn of the Haskalah in the late eighteenth century. The core of the book is a detailed discussion of the four doctrines of Christianity whose rationality Jews thought they could definitively refute: trinity, incarnation, transubstantiation, and virgin birth. In each case, Daniel Lasker presents a succinct history of the Christian doctrine and then proceeds to a careful examination of the Jewish efforts to demonstrate its impossibility. The main text is clearly written in a non-technical manner, with the Christian doctrines and the Jewish responses both carefully explained; the notes include long quotations, in Hebrew and Arabic as well as in English, from sources that are not readily available in English.

At the time of its original publication in 1977 this book was regarded as a major contribution to a relatively neglected area of medieval Jewish intellectual history; the new, wide-ranging introduction prepared for this paperback edition, which surveys and summarizes subsequent scholarship, re-establishes its position as a major work.

About the Author:

Daniel J. Lasker is Norbert Blechner Professor of Jewish Values at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, and is chair of the Goldstein-Goren Department of Jewish Thought. His books include Jewish Philosophical Polemics Against Christianity in the Middle Ages (1977), The Refutation of the Christian Principles by Hasdai Crescas (1992), and, with Sarah Stroumsa, The Polemic of Nestor the Priest (1996).

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