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Renaissance England's Chief Rabbi : John Selden

Author: Jason Philip Rosenblatt
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the midst of an age of prejudice, John Selden's immense, neglected rabbinical works contain magnificent Hebrew scholarship that respects, to an extent remarkable for the times, the self-understanding of Judaism. Scholars celebrated for their own broad and deep learning gladly conceded Selden's superiority and conferred on him titles such as 'the glory of the English nation' (Hugo Grotius), 'Monarch in letters'  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: John Selden; John Selden; John Selden; John Selden
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jason Philip Rosenblatt
ISBN: 9780199234301 0199234302
OCLC Number: 176819263
Notes: Originally published: 2006.
Awards: Winner of Winner of the Milton Society of America's John T. Shawcross award for the most distinguished chapter on John Milton published in 2006.
Description: pages cm
Contents: Hamlet, Henry, Epicoene, and Hebraica: Marriage questions --
Selden, Jonson, and the Rabbis on cross-dressing and bisexual gods --
Selden and Milton on Gods and angels --
Samson's sacrifice --
Andrew Marvell, Samuel Parker, and the Rabbis on Zealots and Proselytes --
Natural law and noachide precepts: Grotius, Selden, Milton, and Barbeyrac --
Selden's De Jure Naturali ... Juxta Disciplinam Ebraeorum and religious toleration --
Selden and Stubbe on idolatry, Blasphemy, and the passion narrative --
Culverwel on Selden's Rabbinica: the limits of a liberal toleration --
Selden's Rabbis in the court of common pleas --
Selden on excommunication --
Conclusion --
Appendix: Selden's letter to Jonson, edited by Jason P. Rosenblatt and Winfried Schleiner.
Responsibility: Jason P. Rosenblatt.

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John Selden (1584-1654) stands out as one who sought 'not fame but truth in an erudition more vast than was ever garnered by any other human mind'. Although scholars have examined his contributions  Read more...

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