By Hava Tirosh-Rothschild
"...[This ebook is] a major, scholarly well-researched booklet on a big determine in early glossy Jewish background and inspiration. It offers a very good review of Jewish existence through the Renaissance, the histortiographic matters, and the man's position within the greater spectrum of Jewish philosophical pondering. it is necessary as a learn of either Italian and Ottoman Jewry and of the heritage of responses to Maimonides."
- Howard Adelman, Smith collage
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Extra resources for Between Worlds: The Life and Thought of Rabbi David Ben Judah Messer Leon
David ben Joab of Tivoli (R. David ben Judah's relative through his father), with whom R.
61 In their search for elegant speech, Florentine humanists also cultivated fine poetry and prose written in the exemplary Latin of classical poetry. Classical studies and other scholarly activity in Florence enjoyed the patronage of the ruling family and other patricians. The Medicis founded and encouraged the Platonic Academy, patronized handsomely the greatest philosophers - Ficino, Pico and others - and invested heavily in the arts. 62 Florence dominated the intellectual and artistic life of Italy during the fifteenth century.
2 Educating an Italian Jewish Gentleman R. David was born in Venice to R. Judah ben Yehiel Messer Leon and his second wife, Stella, the daughter of Benjamin ben Joab of Fano. 1 Most scholars fix R. David's date of birth at about 10 December 1471, calculating from a legal decision that R. David rendered as a rabbi in Valona. 2 There R. David states three separate times that he was forty years old when the controversy that provoked the decision began, 3 which is generally thought to be in 1512. 4 That controversy is discussed in Chapter Four below.
Between Worlds: The Life and Thought of Rabbi David Ben Judah Messer Leon by Hava Tirosh-Rothschild