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In this biographical and critical work William Bouwsma provides a reevaluation of the French writer, scholar, and thinker, and fills a gap in our knowledge of Renaissance intellectual and religious history. While Postel’s name and work are known, and have been considered in various connections, not until the present work was any general book concerned with the totality of the man, his work, and his central purposes.
Bouwsma’s book will be of value in connection with such varied problems as the impact of the East on Western Christendom, the progress of western oriental studies, missionary ideas, the cabala, the development of religious toleration, the history of rationalism, mysticism, nationalism, the philosophy of history, and the Catholic Reformation.