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Rabad of Posquiers: A Twelfth-Century Talmudist (SIGNED)

Twersky, Isadore (Yitzchak (Isaac) Asher)

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ISBN 10: 0674745507 / ISBN 13: 9780674745506
Published by Harvard University Press, 1962
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Inscribed in Hebrew to Professor Arnold J. Band by Rabbi Isadore Twersky, and signed with his Hebrew name, Yitzchak (Isaac) . ; Tight and clean. Solid binding. A touch of shelf wear to tanned dustjacket, otherwise in excellent condition. Now protected in a new Mylar cover. ; Signed books by Rabbi Isadore Twersky are rare. ; Arnold Band is professor emeritus of Hebrew and comparative literature at UCLA, and founder (in 1969) of the UCLA Comparative Literature Program. ; Harvard Semitic Series; 9.30 X 6.80 X 1.10 inches; 348 pages; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 27807

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Title: Rabad of Posquiers: A Twelfth-Century ...

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Publication Date: 1962

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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Provence during the twelfth century was the scene of a remarkable renaissance in Jewish scholarship. Cities such as Lunel, Carcassonne, and Montpellier became centers of learning--pivotal points of contemporary Jewish life whose influence was important in the evolution of Jewish culture in general and the development of Jewish law in particular.

Rabad of Posquières--Rabbi Abraham ben David--was one of the most creative Talmudic scholars of this period. Although celebrated for his criticism of Maimonides' Mishneh Torah, the nature and significance of his halakic work have never before been clarified nor have his achievements been fully assessed.

This biographical treatise on Rabad captures his personality, chronicles his role in the intellectual history of the Jews in southern France during the twelfth century, and outlines his influence on subsequent generations. Rabad's disciples and followers are discussed, as well as his reaction to the philosophic literature of Spanish Judaism and his relation to the emerging medieval kabbalah. Characterization of his works, description of his halakic methodology, and analysis of his literary sources focus attention on basic problems of medieval Jewish history.

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Isadore Twersky was Nathan Littauer Professor of Jewish History and Philosophy at Harvard University.

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