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Christian Hebraists and Dutch Rabbis

Seventeenth Century Apologetics and the Study of Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah

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$31.50 • £25.95 • €28.50

ISBN 9780674128651

Publication Date: 02/26/1985


416 pages

6 x 9 inches

Harvard Judaic Texts and Studies


  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction: The Vicissitudes of “Rabbi Moyses Aegyptius” the Jurist: The Christian Study of Mishneh Torah Down to the Seventeenth Century
  • I. Hebraism and the Dutch Republic
    • The Culture and Politics of the Dutch Republic
      • Dutch Humanism and the Politics of Theology
    • Rabbinic Studies out of Leiden and Franeker: The Early Study of Mishneh Torah in the Netherlands
      • Drusius, Scaliger and Other Forerunners
      • Petrus Cunaeus: On the Commonwealth of the Hebrews
      • Hugo Grotius as Hebraist
      • Johannes Coccejus, the First Hebraist Commentator on the Mishnah: Sanhedrin and Makkot
      • Constantine l’Empereur, Professor of Jewish Controversies: His Commentaries on Mishnah and His Clavis Talmudica
      • Buxtorf’s Translation of the Guide
      • “G. N.”: An Englishman’s On Repentance
      • Millenarianism and Hebraism
  • II. The Portuguese Nation on the Amstel and Its Rabbis: “Veritas è terra orietur” (“Truth Will Arise from the Earth”)
    • The Instruction of Christian Hebraists in the Setting of the Amsterdam Jewish Community and in Light of Its Major Concerns
    • The Intellectual and Moral Concerns of the Rabbinic Leadership
      • Isaac Ahoab da Fonseca, Kabbalist and Preacher
      • Moshe Rephael d’Aguilar, Hebraist and Teacher
    • Menasseh ben Israel, Defender of His People in Person and in Print: Millenarian Goals amid Temporal Controversies
      • Menasseh as Literary Apologist
      • The Conciliator
      • The De Creatione
      • The De Resurrectione Mortuorum and Other Works of the 1630s
      • On Human Frailty, to Anslo
  • III. The Latin Mishneh Torah of Amsterdam
    • Dionysius Vossius, the Son of Gerhard Johann Vossius: The Scholar in Training
      • Menasseh’s Conciliator
      • Reyd’s Annales
      • The Commentary on Caesar
      • Maimonides’ On Idolatry
        • The Canon of Translation
        • The Sources of the Commentary: Rabbinic and General
        • Lexical Annotations
        • “Rationales” and the Line of Maimonides’ Argumentation
        • Cross-References: the Corresponding Example, the “Testimonia” or, Vossius’s Learning Displayed
        • The Halakhah Understood: Legal Issues
        • The History and Nature of Religion
        • Homiletics, Animadversions, and the Defense of Maimonides
        • Vossius and John Spencer: Vossius and His Readership
        • Vossius the Scholar: Some Judgments
    • Guglielmus Vorstius, On the Fundamental Principles of the Torah: The Polemicist
    • Georgius Gentius, On the Principles of Ethics: In Praise of Maimonides
      • The Commendatory Poems
  • IV. Apologetics and Diplomacy on Elbe and Thames: The Outcome of the Rabbis’ Instruction
    • Gentius in Hamburg
    • Menasseh in London
  • Appendix to III: The Publication of De Idololatria: The Circumstances
  • Notes
    • Notes to Preface
    • Notes to Introduction
    • Notes to Part I
    • Notes to Part II
    • Notes to Part III
    • Notes to Part IV
  • Bibliography
    • Major Primary Sources
    • Bibliographic and Reference Aids
    • Other Primary and Secondary Sources
  • Indices
    • Index of Biblical Passages
    • Index of Passages from De Idololatria
    • Index of Titles
    • General Index

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