Nahmanides in Medieval Catalonia: History, Community, and Messianism (Paperback)
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Nahmanides in Medieval Catalonia: History, Community, and Messianism (Paperback)

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In this detailed study, Nina Caputo examines conceptions of history and messianic redemption in the writings of the Catalonian rabbi and brilliant Talmudic scholar Nahmanides (1195-1270). An early exponent of kabbalah, Nahmanides was also a shrewd intermediary between the Jewish communities and the royal administration of Aragon. Most intellectual histories focus on Nahmanides in the fairly insular context of Jewish community dynamics, but this volume explores the largely unexamined history of encounters between Jewish and Christian interpretations of history and redemption, as well as the significant role played by Jews in the expansion of the Crown of Aragon during the thirteenth century. Caputo explains Nahmanides' distinctive understanding of the shape and meaning of historical time and change and reveals how his discourse frequently confronted Christian views of history and scripture, sometimes embracing Christians forms, but at other times directly refuting them.Nina Caputo's book is the first to situate Nahmanides in the full intellectual and religious context of thirteenth-century Catalonia. It makes an important contribution to the fields of Jewish studies as well as medieval and early modern history.

Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
ISBN: 9780268022938
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 224 x 152 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

." . . A refreshing study that attempts to demonstrate that Nahmanides' engagement with Christianity and Catalonian culture provided the main framework of his writings. As such, Caputo's research is valuable and offers a new and broad perspective for understanding the significance of this engagement to Nahmanides' biblical commentaries and to the literary character of his writings." --"Journal of the Association for Jewish Studies"


"[T]he book offers fresh perspectives on several central components of Nahmanides' literary output. In addition, anyone looking for a primer on the major scholarly issues surrounding Nahmanides and his period will find a treasure trove in the erudite endnotes. They . . . contain a wealth of information on many aspects of Nahmanides' thought and medieval Jewish intellectual history." --"Journal of Religion"


"This book explores Nahmanides' uses of history and his interaction with Iberian Christian culture in a number of related contexts: his stance during the controversy over the works of Maimonides, his typological understanding of the Creation story and the patriarchal narratives in Genesis, his role in the Barcelona disputation, and his messianic expectations and calculations.." --"Speculum"


. . . A refreshing study that attempts to demonstrate that Nahmanides engagement with Christianity and Catalonian culture provided the main framework of his writings. As such, Caputo s research is valuable and offers a new and broad perspective for understanding the significance of this engagement to Nahmanides biblical commentaries and to the literary character of his writings. "Journal of the Association for Jewish Studies""


This book explores Nahmanides uses of history and his interaction with Iberian Christian culture in a number of related contexts: his stance during the controversy over the works of Maimonides, his typological understanding of the Creation story and the patriarchal narratives in Genesis, his role in the Barcelona disputation, and his messianic expectations and calculations.. "Speculum""


[T]he book offers fresh perspectives on several central components of Nahmanides literary output. In addition, anyone looking for a primer on the major scholarly issues surrounding Nahmanides and his period will find a treasure trove in the erudite endnotes. They . . . contain a wealth of information on many aspects of Nahmanides thought and medieval Jewish intellectual history. "Journal of Religion""


." . . A refreshing study that attempts to demonstrate that Nahmanides' engagement with Christianity and Catalonian culture provided the main framework of his writings. As such, Caputo's research is valuable and offers a new and broad perspective for understanding the significance of this engagement to Nahmanides' biblical commentaries and to the literary character of his writings." --Journal of the Association for Jewish Studies


"This book explores Nahmanides' uses of history and his interaction with Iberian Christian culture in a number of related contexts: his stance during the controversy over the works of Maimonides, his typological understanding of the Creation story and the patriarchal narratives in Genesis, his role in the Barcelona disputation, and his messianic expectations and calculations.." --Speculum


"[T]he book offers fresh perspectives on several central components of Nahmanides' literary output. In addition, anyone looking for a primer on the major scholarly issues surrounding Nahmanides and his period will find a treasure trove in the erudite endnotes. They . . . contain a wealth of information on many aspects of Nahmanides' thought and medieval Jewish intellectual history." --Journal of Religion

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