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Author Nadler, Steven M., 1958- author.

Title Menasseh ben Israel : rabbi of Amsterdam / Steven Nadler
Published New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, [2018]
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Description 1 online resource (298 pages) : illustrations
Series Jewish lives
Jewish lives (New Haven, Conn.)
Contents Cover; Half Title; Title; Dedication; Copyright; Contents; 1. Prologue: On the Houtgracht; 2. Manoel/Menasseh; 3. On the Nieuwe Houtmarkt; 4. The Conciliator; 5. "I am not my own master; 6. The Hope of Israel; 7. The English Mission; 8. Denouement; Appendix: Menasseh ben Israel and Rembrandt; Acknowledgments; Notes; Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z
Summary An illuminating biography of the great Amsterdam rabbi and celebrated popularizer of Judaism in the seventeenth century Menasseh ben Israel (1604-1657) was among the most accomplished and cosmopolitan rabbis of his time, and a pivotal intellectual figure in early modern Jewish history. He was one of the three rabbis of the "Portuguese Nation" in Amsterdam, a community that quickly earned renown worldwide for its mercantile and scholarly vitality. Born in Lisbon, Menasseh and his family were forcibly converted to Catholicism but suspected of insincerity in their new faith. To avoid the horrors of the Inquisition, they fled first to southwestern France, and then to Amsterdam, where they finally settled. Menasseh played an important role during the formative decades of one of the most vital Jewish communities of early modern Europe, and was influential through his extraordinary work as a printer and his efforts on behalf of the readmission of Jews to England. In this lively biography, Steven Nadler provides a fresh perspective on this seminal figure
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed August 6, 2018)
Subject Manasseh ben Israel, 1604-1657.
Manasseh ben Israel, 1604-1657. Miḳṿeh Yiśraʼel
Manasseh ben Israel, 1604-1657.
Miḳṿeh Yiśraʼel (Manasseh ben Israel)
Hebrew imprints -- Publishing -- Netherlands -- Amsterdam -- History -- 17th century
Jewish printers -- Netherlands -- Amsterdam -- Biography
Jews -- Netherlands -- Amsterdam -- History -- 17th century
Judaism -- Netherlands -- Amsterdam -- History -- 17th century
Marranos -- Portugal -- History -- 16th century
Printing -- Netherlands -- Amsterdam -- History -- 17th century
Rabbis -- Netherlands -- Amsterdam -- Biography
Sephardim -- Netherlands -- Amsterdam -- Biography
Sephardim -- Netherlands -- Amsterdam -- History -- 17th century
Ethnic relations.
Hebrew imprints -- Publishing.
Jewish printers.
RELIGION -- Judaism -- General.
Amsterdam (Netherlands) -- Biography.
Amsterdam (Netherlands) -- Ethnic relations
Netherlands -- Amsterdam.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0300240430