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Light of the Eyes (Azariah De' Rossi Joanna Weinberg (trans)) Hardcover Book, (Yale University Press, 2001) 9780300079067
Light of the Eyes (Azariah De' Rossi Joanna Weinberg (trans)) Hardcover Book, (Yale University Press, 2001) 9780300079067
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Title: The Light of the Eyes

Author: Rossi, Azariah De' Joanna Weinberg (trans)

Publisher: Yale University Press; Publication Date: 2001

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780300079067

Volumes: 1; Pages: 864

List Price in Cloth: $125.00 Our price: $125.00

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This book is an annotated translation of the pioneering Hebrew work of Azariah de' Rossi, an outstanding figure in the history of Jewish scholarship. First printed in Mantua in 1573, the book established the foundations of critical Jewish historiography.The book contains innovative studies on a wide range of subjects, including chronology, the origins of the Septuagint, the antiquity of the Hebrew language, and the nature of biblical poetry. De' Rossi lends unprecedented attention to the evidence of Josephus while his critique of Philo of Alexandria was the first attempt to assess the Jewish status of this Hellenistic philosopher. The hallmark of his work is the presentation of arguments drawn from an impressive array of diverse sources ranging from the texts of rabbinic tradition to Augustine and to Pico della Mirandola. His critical approach to rabbinic texts and his demonstration that the Jewish creation-era calendar was a late, post-Talmudic invention generated controversy that at one time led to a ban on the book. Familiar with the works of contemporary Catholics and Protestants, de' Rossi was also a mediator between Jewish and Christian scholarship, clarifying problems posed by Jewish tradition in relation to non-Jewish evidence, while signaling the importance of Jewish sources for the topics discussed by his non-Jewish neighbors."This translation is one of the most important contributions of the past generation, both to the study of Jewish thought in the sixteenth century and to that of the history of historical scholarship."--Anthony Grafton, Princeton University
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