Renaissance England's Chief Rabbi: John Selden
By (author) Jason P. Rosenblatt
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Renaissance England's Chief Rabbi: John Selden by Jason P. Rosenblatt
Book DescriptionIn 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' (Ben Jonson), 'the chief of learned men reputed in this land' (John Milton). Although scholars have examined Selden (1584-1654) as a political theorist, legal and constitutional historian, and parliamentarian, Renaissance England's Chief Rabbi is the first book-length study of his rabbinic and especially talmudic publications, which take up most of the six folio volumes of his complete works and constitute his most mature scholarship. It traces the cultural influence of these works on some early modern British poets and intellectuals, including Jonson, Milton, Andrew Marvell, James Harrington, Henry Stubbe, Nathanael Culverwel, Thomas Hobbes, and Isaac Newton. It also explores some of the post-biblical Hebraic ideas that served as the foundation of Selden's own thought, including his identification of natural law with a set of universal divine laws of perpetual obligation pronounced by God to our first parents in paradise and after the flood to the children of Noah. Selden's discovery in the Talmud and in Maimonides' Mishneh Torah of shared moral rules in the natural, pre-civil state of humankind provides a basis for relationships among human beings anywhere in the world. The history of the religious toleration of Jews in England is incomplete without acknowledgment of the impact of Selden's uncommonly generous Hebrew scholarship.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199234301
(234mm x 157mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 10-Jan-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Jason P. Rosenblatt
Milton's Selected Poetry and Prose, Paperback (January 2011)
Milton s Selected Poetry and Prose presents the major poetic (excluding Paradise Lost) and prose works along with supporting materials necessary for in-depth study. Together, the Norton Critical Editions of Paradise Lost (ed. Gordon Teskey, 2005) and Milton s Selected Poetry and Prose are the essential texts for studying John Milton.
Renaissance England's Chief Rabbi, Hardback (January 2006)
John Selden stands out as one who sought 'not fame but truth in an erudition more vast than was ever garnered by any other human mind.' Tracing the cultural influence of Selden's scholarship on early modern British poets and intellectuals, this book explores various post-biblical Hebraic ideas that served as the foundation of Selden's own thought.
Torah and Law in 'Paradise Lost', Hardback (August 1994)» View all books by Jason P. Rosenblatt
Reveals Milton's epic representations of paradise and the fallen world to be the supreme co-ordinates of an interpretive struggle, in which Jewish beliefs regarding the Hebrew Bible were set against the Christian view that it was a temporary law superseded by the New Testament.
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Author Biography - Jason P. Rosenblatt
Jason P. Rosenblatt is Professor of English at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. His prior teaching experience includes stints at Brown University (where he received his advanced degrees), the University of Pennsylvania, and Swarthmore College. Publications include Torah and Law in 'Paradise Lost' (Princeton 1994), a coedited book on biblical narrative (Indiana 1991), and more than two dozen essays on seventeenth-century English literature. He is under contract to produce a Norton Critical Edition of Milton's Selected Poetry and Prose. Awards include fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Professor Rosenblatt is a past president of the Milton Society of America and recipient of its Hanford Award.
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