Renaissance England s Chief Rabbi John Selden

Jason P. Rosenblatt. Renaissance England's Chief Rabbi John Selden Jason P. Rosenblatt RENAISSANCE ENGLAND'S CHIEF RABBI: JOHN SELDEN A detail from John. $ ננקפ אאלר Front Cover.

Author: Jason P. Rosenblatt

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191536694

Category: Literary Criticism

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In 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.

Renaissance England s Chief Rabbi John Selden

It traces the cultural influence of these works on some early modern British poets

Author: Jason P. Rosenblatt

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780199286133

Category: History

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John Selden (1584-1654) stands out in a century of greatness as one who sought 'not fame but truth in an erudition more vast than was ever garnered by any other human mind.' Although scholars have examined his contributions to political theory, legal, and constitutional history, this book is the first to discuss in detail Selden's rabbinic publications. Tracing the cultural influence of Selden's scholarship on early modern British poets and intellectuals, it also explores some of the post-biblical Hebraic ideas that served as the foundation of Selden's own thought.

Comparative Matters

19 See Jason Rosenblatt, Renaissance England's Chief Rabbi: John Selden (Oxford University Press, 2006). See also, G. J. Toomer, John Selden: A Life in Scholarship (Oxford University Press, 2009). 20 See The Cambridge History of English ...

Author: Ran Hirschl

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191023897

Category: Law

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Comparative study has emerged as the new frontier of constitutional law scholarship as well as an important aspect of constitutional adjudication. Increasingly, jurists, scholars, and constitution drafters worldwide are accepting that 'we are all comparativists now'. And yet, despite this tremendous renaissance, the 'comparative' aspect of the enterprise, as a method and a project, remains under-theorized and blurry. Fundamental questions concerning the very meaning and purpose of comparative constitutional inquiry, and how it is to be undertaken, are seldom asked, let alone answered. In this path-breaking book, Ran Hirschl addresses this gap by charting the intellectual history and analytical underpinnings of comparative constitutional inquiry, probing the various types, aims, and methodologies of engagement with the constitutive laws of others through the ages, and exploring how and why comparative constitutional inquiry has been and ought to be pursued by academics and jurists worldwide. Through an extensive exploration of comparative constitutional endeavours past and present, near and far, Hirschl shows how attitudes towards engagement with the constitutive laws of others reflect tensions between particularism and universalism as well as competing visions of who 'we' are as a political community. Drawing on insights from social theory, religion, history, political science, and public law, Hirschl argues for an interdisciplinary approach to comparative constitutionalism that is methodologically and substantively preferable to merely doctrinal accounts. The future of comparative constitutional studies, he contends, lies in relaxing the sharp divide between constitutional law and the social sciences. Comparative Matters makes a unique and welcome contribution to the comparative study of constitutions and constitutionalism, sharpening our understanding of the historical development, political parameters, epistemology, and methodologies of one of the most intellectually vibrant areas in contemporary legal scholarship.

John Selden and the Western Political Tradition

... “Hebraism and the problem of church and state in England 1642–1660” in The Seventeenth Century 28/1 (2013) Prior, ... 1966) Rosenblatt, J., Renaissance England's Chief Rabbi: John Selden (Oxford University Press, 2006) Rosenblatt, ...

Author: Ofir Haivry

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107011342

Category: History

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Legal and political theorist, common lawyer and parliamentary leader, historian and polyglot, John Selden (1584-1654) was a formidable figure in Renaissance England, whose real importance and influence are now being recognized once again. John Selden and the Western Political Tradition highlights his important role in the development of such early modern political ideas as modern natural law and natural rights, national identity and tradition, the political integration of church and state, and the effect of Jewish ideas on Western political thought. Selden's political ideas are analysed in the context of his contemporaries Grotius, Hobbes and Filmer. The book demonstrates how these ideas informed and influenced more familiar works of later thinkers like Burke.

John Selden

... 1994 ) and Renaissance England's Chief Rabbi : John Selden ( Oxford : Oxford University Press , 2006 ) ; Paul Christianson , whose generous - spirited approach to Selden's Jewish writings in his ODNB life of Selden contrasts sharply ...

Author: Jason P. Rosenblatt

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192654557

Category: Literary Criticism

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The life of John Selden (1584-1654) was both contemplative and active. Seventeenth-century England's most learned person, he was also one of the few survivors who continued in the Long Parliament of the 1640s his vigorous opposition, begun in the 1620s, to abuses of power, whether by Charles I or, later, by the Presbyterian-controlled Westminster Assembly. His gift for finding analogies among different cultures—Greco-Roman, Christian, Jewish, and Islamic—helped to transform both the poetry and prose of the century's greatest poet, John Milton. Regarding family law, the two might have influenced one another. Milton cites Selden, and Selden owned two of Milton's treatises on divorce, published in 1645, both of them presumably acquired while he was writing Uxor Ebraica (1646). Selden accepted the non-biblically rabbinic, externally imposed, coercive Adamic/Noachide precepts as universal laws of perpetual obligation, rejecting his predecessor Hugo Grotius' view of natural law as the innate result of right reason. He employed rhetorical strategies in De Jure Naturali et Gentium (The Law of Nature and of Nations) to prepare his readers for what might otherwise have shocked them. Although Selden was very active in the Long Parliament, his only surviving debates from that decade were as a lay member of the Westminster Assembly of Divines. The Assembly's scribe left so many gaps that the transcript is sometimes indecipherable. This book fills in the gaps and makes the speeches coherent by finding their contexts in Selden's printed works, both the scholarly, as in the massive De Synedriis, but also in the witty and informal Table Talk.

Hebraism in Religion History and Politics

... Jason Rosenblatt's Renaissance England's Chief Rabbi : John Selden ; J. G. Toomer's two - volume John Selden ; and Ofir Haivry's John Selden and the Western Political Tradition.63 Friedman's work was a valuable contribution .

Author: Steven Grosby

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199640317

Category: Religion

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This study offers an investigation into Hebraism as a category of cultural analysis within the history of Christendom. Its aim is to determine what Hebraism means or should mean when it is used.

Spinoza and Biblical Philology in the Dutch Republic 1660 1710

57 J. Ph. Rosenblatt, Renaissance England's Chief Rabbi: John Selden (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006) 158–201; Nelson, The Hebrew Republic, 97–117. 58 John Selden, De synedriis & praefecturis iuridicis veterum Ebraeorum ...

Author: Jetze Touber

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192527196

Category: Religion

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Spinoza and Biblical Philology in the Dutch Republic, 1660-1710 investigates the biblical criticism of Spinoza from the perspective of the Dutch Reformed society in which the philosopher lived and worked. It focuses on philological investigation of the Bible: its words, language, and the historical context in which it originated. Jetze Touber expertly charts contested issues of biblical philology in mainstream Dutch Calvinism to determine if Spinoza's work on the Bible had bearing on the Reformed understanding of the way society should handle Scripture. Spinoza has received considerable attention both in and outside academia. His unconventional interpretation of the Old Testament passages has been examined repeatedly during the past decades. So has that of fellow 'radicals' (rationalists, radicals, deists, libertines, and enthusiasts), against the backdrop of a society that is assumed to have been hostile, overwhelmed, static, and uniform. Touber counteracts this perspective and considers how the Dutch Republic used biblical philology and biblical criticism, including that of Spinoza. In doing so, Touber takes into account the highly neglected area of the Dutch Reformed ministry and theology of the Dutch Golden Age. The study concludes that Spinoza—rather than simply pushing biblical scholarship in the direction of modernity—acted in an indirect way upon ongoing debates, shifting trends in those debates, but not always in the same direction, and not always equally profoundly at all times, on all levels.

What Are Jews For

49. John Selden, Uxor Ebraica, ed. and trans. Jonathan Ziskind (Leiden: Brill, 1991 [1646]). 50. Jason P. Rosenblatt, Renaissance England's Chief Rabbi: John Selden (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006) esp. 3–5, 161, 181.

Author: Adam Sutcliffe

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691201931

Category: Religion

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A wide-ranging look at the history of Western thinking since the seventeenth century on the purpose of the Jewish people in the past, present, and future What is the purpose of Jews in the world? The Bible singles out the Jews as God’s “chosen people,” but the significance of this special status has been understood in many different ways over the centuries. What Are Jews For? traces the history of the idea of Jewish purpose from its ancient and medieval foundations to the modern era, showing how it has been central to Western thinking on the meanings of peoplehood for everybody. Adam Sutcliffe delves into the links between Jewish and Christian messianism and the association of Jews with universalist and transformative ideals in modern philosophy, politics, literature, and social thought. The Jews have been accorded a crucial role in both Jewish and Christian conceptions of the end of history, when they will usher the world into a new epoch of unity and harmony. Since the seventeenth century this messianic underlay to the idea of Jewish purpose has been repeatedly reconfigured in new forms. From the political theology of the early modern era to almost all domains of modern thought—religious, social, economic, nationalist, radical, assimilationist, satirical, and psychoanalytical—Jews have retained a close association with positive transformation for all. Sutcliffe reveals the persistent importance of the “Jewish Purpose Question” in the attempts of Jews and non-Jews alike to connect the collective purpose of particular communities to the broader betterment of humanity. Shedding light on questions of exceptionalism, pluralism, and universalism, What Are Jews For? explores an intricate question that remains widely resonant in contemporary culture and political debate.

History of Universities

John Selden and the Status of Masoretic Material in the Seventeenth Century N. K Sugimura Jason P. Rosenblatt, Renaissance England's Chief Rabbi: John Selden (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2006; paperback 2008), 328 pp.

Author: Mordechai Feingold

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199550326

Category: Education

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Volume XXIII/2 of History of Universities contains the customary mix of learned articles, book reviews, and bibliographical information, which makes this publication an indispensable tool for the historian of higher education. It offers a lively combination of original research and invaluable reference material.

The Political Bible in Early Modern England

... Jason Rosenblatt, Renaissance England's Chief Rabbi: John Selden (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006). Stephen G. Burnett, From Christian Hebraism to Jewish Studies: Johannes Buxtorf (1564–1629) and Hebrew Learning in the ...

Author: Kevin Killeen

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107107977

Category: History

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This book explores the Bible as a political document in seventeenth-century England, revealing how it provided a key language of political debate.