Item description for Isaac Abravanel: Letters (Studia Judaica 40) by Cedric Cohen Skalli...
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.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.2" Width: 6.2" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Aug 30, 2007
Publisher Walter De Gruyter
ISBN 3110194929 ISBN13 9783110194920
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