Document Type

Review

Date of this Version

1991

Publication Source

Renaissance Quarterly

Volume

44

Issue

3

Start Page

583

Last Page

585

DOI

10.2307/2862609

Abstract

This volume is the result of a conference held in Israel in 1982 on the many aspects of the life and career of Menassh ben Israel (1604-57), described by Richard Popkin in his introduction "as a popular Jewish preacher and publisher, as a point of contact for the Jewish and Christian worlds, especially in Holland and England, as an intriguing actor in the messianic and millenarian dramas of the time, and as a thinker in his own right" (p. vii). Because of considerable scholarly interest in Dutch Sephardic Jewry in recent years (ably summarized by Yosef Kaplan in this volume, unfortunately without accompanying annotation), and because Menasseh, probably the best-known Jewish scholar of seventeenth-century Amsterdam other than Spinoza, represents "a natural and ideal focus for the encounter between Jewish and general history," in the words of Michael Heyd (p. 262), the book is certainly a welcome contribution to the study of both the Christian and Jewish communities and their intense interactions.

Copyright/Permission Statement

© 1991 by University of Chicago Press.

Comments

At the time of this publication, Dr. Ruderman was affiliated with Yale University, but he is now a faculty member of the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Date Posted: 02 August 2017

This document has been peer reviewed.