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Exile in Amsterdam Marc Saperstein

Exile in Amsterdam

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    Exile in Amsterdam

    Editorial: Hebrew Union College Press

    Idioma: Inglés

    ISBN: 9780878201259

    Formatos: PDF (con DRM de Adobe)

    Compatibles con: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android & eReaders

    Medios de pago
      Exile in Amsterdam Marc Saperstein

      Exile in Amsterdam

      Medios de pago

        Exile in Amsterdam

        Editorial: Hebrew Union College Press

        Idioma: Inglés

        ISBN: 9780878201259

        Formatos: PDF (con DRM de Adobe)

        Compatibles con: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android & eReaders

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          Sinopsis
          Exile in Amsterdam is based on a rich, extensive, and previously untapped source for one of the most important and fascinating Jewish communities in early modern Europe: the sermons of Saul Levi Morteira (ca. 1596-1660). Morteira, the leading rabbi of Amsterdam and a master of Jewish homiletical art, was known to have published only one book of fifty sermons in 1645, until a collection of 550 manuscript sermons in his own handwriting turned up in the Rabbinical Seminary of Budapest. After years of painstaking study from microfilms and three trips to Budapest to consult the actual manuscripts, Marc Saperstein has written the first comprehensive analysis of the historical significance of these texts, some of which were heard by the young Spinoza. Saperstein reviews the broad outlines of Morteira's biography, his treatment by scholars, and his image in literary works. He then reconstructs the process by which the preacher produced and delivered his sermons. Morteira's sermons also provide a trove of information about individuals and institutions in Morteira's Amsterdam, enabling Saperstein to analyze the shortcomings of behavior and the lapses in faith criticized by the preacher. The sermons also presented an ongoing program of adult education that transmitted the Jewish tradition on a high yet accessible level to a congregation of new Jews-immigrants who had lived as Christians in Portugal and were now assuming a Jewish identity with minimal prior knowledge. Here Saperstein focuses on themes Morteira considered crucial: memories of the historical past, confrontations with Christianity, ideas of exile and messianic redemption, and attitudes toward the New Christians who remained in Portugal. These historical reflections on Amsterdam's community of new Jews are illustrated by eight of Morteira's sermons, which Saperstein presents in English and with full annotation for the first time. Exile in Amsterdam offers those interested in European Jewish history and homiletics access to primary source documents and the scholarship of one of the premier historians of Jewish preaching.
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