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Isaac Abarbanel's Stance Toward Tradition
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Explores the thought of Isaac Abarbanel, courtier-financier and important Jewish thinker at the turn of the sixteenth century, from the perspective of his negotiation with Jewish tradition. Financier and courtier to the kings of Portugal, Spain, and Italy and Spanish Jewry’s foremost representative at court at the time of its 1492 expulsion, Isaac Abarbanel was also Judaism’s leading scholar at the turn of the sixteenth century. His work has had a profound influence on both his contemporaries and later thinkers, Jewish and Christian. Isaac Abarbanel’s Stance Toward Tradition is the first full-length study of Abarbanel in half a century. The book considers a wide range of Abarbanel’s writings, focusing for the first time on the dominant exegetical side of his intellectual achievements as reflected in biblical commentaries and messianic writings. Author Eric Lawee approaches Abarbanel’s work from the perspective of his negotiations with texts and teachings bequeathed to him from the Jewish past. The work provides insight into the important spiritual and intellectual developments in late medieval and early modern Judaism while offering a portrait of a complex scholar whose stance before tradition combined conservatism with creativity and reverence with daring.

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  1. Cover Art
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  1. Front matter
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Bibliographic Notes / Abbreviations
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Chapter 1 Life and Contexts
  2. pp. 9-26
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  1. Chapter 2 Works and Traditions
  2. pp. 27-58
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  1. Chapter 3 “To The Help of the Lord Against the Mighty”: ‘Aṭeret zeqenim
  2. pp. 59-82
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  1. Chapter 4 Rabbinic Legacy: Background and Parameters
  2. pp. 83-92
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  1. Chapter 5 The Rabbinic Hermeneutic: Midrash in the Biblical Commentaries
  2. pp. 93-126
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  1. Chapter 6 In Search of Classical Jewish Eschatology: Yeshu‘ot meshiḥo
  2. pp. 127-168
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  1. Chapter 7 Historical Thinking, Critical Reading, and the Study of Classical Jewish Texts
  2. pp. 169-202
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  1. Chapter 8 Abarbanel and Tradition: Six Trends
  2. pp. 203-216
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 217-286
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 287-312
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 313-320
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