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This text provides a broadly-based study of Jewish history in Italy during the Renaissance, focusing on the most distinguished group in Jewish society, the Rabbinate. The author discusses a variety of subjects in the social, cultural and institutional history of the period, including the status and functions of the Rabbinate, the relation of Rabbinic ordination to the doctorate conferred by universities, the religious role of the Rabbinate, and the 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 attitudes during 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.
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Masterly work . . . By means of a probing and thorough examination of archival material and both manuscript and printed sources, he has revealed the full complexities of this institution which brooks no simple generalization . . . 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
Comprehensive and exhaustive . . . Bonfil s great proficiency in Hebrew and Italian sources, as well as his careful analysis and scholarly precision make for a penetrating study and discussion. This is a well balanced representation of social and intellectual history, motivated by internal developments while giving due recognition to the contribution of outside influences upon the cultural and communal life of Italian Jewry. --Moshe Idel, Immanuel
The Jerusalem volume by Robert Bonfil has already told us much that we did not know about the Italian rabbis of the Renaissance. --Arnaldo Momigliano, New York Review of Books
Robert Bonfil is Professor of Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of Jewish Life in Renaissance Italy (1994) and of several articles and translations in different languages.
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Book Description Liverpool University Press, United Kingdom, 1993. Paperback. Condition: New. Revised ed. Language: English. Brand new Book. Focusing on the figure of the rabbi, thisbook provides a vivid picture of Italian Jewry during the Renaissance. Theauthor discusses Jewish life of the period (c.1450-1600)in its social, institutional, and cultural aspects, placing them against thebackdrop of the wider Catholic environment to give an original interpretationof how Jewish cultural and religious life developed in the Renaissance context.Particular attention is given to changes in the status and functions of therabbis and to the relations between the rabbinate and the lay leadership. Ofspecial interest is the exploration of the cultural world of the rabbis and thebroader issue of intellectual developments at the time.Essentially a translation of Part I ofthe Hebrew edition, which won wide acclaim for its perspective, Rabbis and Jewish Communities in RenaissanceItaly has been carefully adapted for an English-speaking readership.Substantial excerpts from the appendices have been incorporated into the textso that the evidence necessary to support the arguments is easily accessible. Seller Inventory # TNP9781874774174