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"I have always loved the holy tongue" : Isaac Casaubon, the Jews, and a forgotten chapter in Renaissance scholarship

Author: Anthony Grafton; Joanna Weinberg
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Fusing high scholarship with high drama, Anthony Grafton and Joanna Weinberg uncover a secret and extraordinary aspect of a legendary Renaissance scholar's already celebrated achievement. The French Protestant Isaac Casaubon (1550-1614) is known to us through his pedantic namesake in George Eliot's Middlemardz. But in this book, the real Casaubon emerges as a genuine literary hero, an intrepid explorer in the world  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Isaac Casaubon; Isaac Casaubon; Isaac Casaubon; Caspar Schoppe; Isaac de Casaubon
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony Grafton; Joanna Weinberg
ISBN: 9780674048409 0674048407
OCLC Number: 555658545
Notes: "Based on the Carl Newell Jackson lectures"--Prelimimary page.
"Casaubon's Hebrew and Judaic library": pages 329-331.
Description: x, 380 pages : illustrations, facsimile ; 27 cm
Contents: Rabbi Isaac Casaubon : a Hellenist meets the Jews --
How Casaubon read Hebrew texts --
Wider horizons in Hebraic studies --
Casaubon and Baronio : early Christianity in a Jewish setting --
The teller and the tale : what Casaubon learned from Jews --
Appendices : 1. The long apprenticeship : Casaubon and Arabic / Alastair Hamilton --
2. Casaubon on the Masoretic text --
3. Casaubon's Hebrew and Judaic library.
Responsibility: Anthony Grafton, Joanna Weinberg ; with Alastair Hamilton.

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