New PDF release: American Yiddish Poetry: A Bilingual Anthology

By Benjamin Harshav, Barbara Harshav

ISBN-10: 0520048423

ISBN-13: 9780520048423

Presents info at the Yiddish language and literature, describes poetic kinds, and gathers poems in Yiddish and English by way of seven of the simplest Jewish American poets.

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There was a significant Jewish presence in sixteenth-century Germany; and Jews were both affected by broader Reformation-era developments and in various ways contributed to developments in religion, politics, culture, and identity in sixteenth-century Germany. 4 4 In the process of translating and editing these essays the editors found the availability of English translations of critical texts related to these topics to be very uneven. Translations of at least some of Josel of Rosheim’s Hebrew and German writings, Anthonius Margaritha’s Der gantz Jüdisch glaub (1531), Osiander’s Ob es war und glaublich sei .

In De triplici ratione cognoscendi Dei he explained that God sent “three books of knowledge” to the world: “the first book containing [the knowledge of ] created things was given to the Gentiles . . the second book of law and words was given to the Jews . . who had prophets superior to philosophers, taught by spirits and angelic creatures and who knew God through them . . e. ” It was for this reason, 38 Accordingly he distinguished the practical magic of the ancients from the Christian practice, and expressed disdain for the miracles, or rather clever manipulations, recorded by the Jews.

Qui in Christianas scholas induxerim scelestissimam, damnatam ac prohibitam cabale artem, qui contemptis sacris patribus et catholicis doctoribus praeferam rabinos Iudaeorum et contorqueam sacras literas ad artes haereticas et Thalmuth Iudaeorum. ” Cited in Nauert, Agrippa and the Crisis of Renaissance Thought, 126. ”41 Agrippa shared Reuchlin’s tendency to remove kabbalistic thought from its Jewish roots and to Christianize it. He also subscribed to the belief that Hebrew was the language of Adam and of God, the first language in which things were named.

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