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Contemplative Soul: Hebrew Poetry and Philosophical Theory in Medieval Spain (Adena Tanenbaum) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2002) 9789004120914
Contemplative Soul: Hebrew Poetry and Philosophical Theory in Medieval Spain (Adena Tanenbaum) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2002) 9789004120914
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Title: The Contemplative Soul: Hebrew Poetry and Philosophical Theory in Medieval Spain

Author: Tanenbaum, Adena

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2002

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004120914

Volumes: 1; Pages: xvi, 296

List Price in Cloth: $203.00 Our price: $172.99

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During the eleventh and twelfth centuries, Jewish poets in Islamic Spain introduced philosophical themes into their devotional verse. Drawn to Neoplatonic thought, they made liberal use of its myth of the soul to explore the human relationship with the Divine. This novel merger reflected a conviction that ideas borrowed from Greco-Arabic philosophy meshed comfortably with traditional Jewish approaches to prayer and spirituality.This study focuses on Solomon Ibn Gabirol, Moses Ibn Ezra, Abraham Ibn Ezra, and Judah Halevi, polymath poets who also wrote philosophically-informed prose works. It probes the contemplative motifs in their religious verse, uncovering new and, at times, unorthodox layers of meaning.The book includes the Hebrew texts of representative poems accompanied by original English translations and detailed analyses.
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