Rabad of Posquieres: A Twelfth-Century...

This biographical treatise captures the personality of Rabbad of Posquieres or Rabbi Abraham ben David – one of the most creative talmudic scholars of the twelfth century, chronicles his role in the intellectual history of the Jews in southern France during the twelfth century, and outlines his influence on subsequent generations.

viii PREFACE ests to this central characteristic. I hope that it will be found wor-thy of acceptance. In presenting highly specialized halakic materials in English, I have tried to keep the book from becoming cumbersome and overtechnical without indulging in loose generalizations. Therefore, though I have only sometimes provided detailed illustrations and analyses of halakic problems, I have always aimed at giving full documentation of every general statement so that the interested reader will be able to check all the references. ( Attention should be called to the list of abbrevia-tions and the note on references printed at the end of the book.) My appraisal of Rabad is clearly appreciative, perhaps excessive-ly sympathetic. I trust that this is the result not of overexposure to medieval hyperbole but of an objective examination of the sources themselves. Rabad emerges from such an examination as an individ-ual whose influence surpasses local bounds and temporal barriers. I was fortunate to have enjoyed good will and encouragement from many quarters. Teachers, colleagues, and friends have been very help-ful and I am grateful to all of them. I am especially indebted to Professor Harry A. Wolfson whose scholarship has excited me and friendship has warmed me over a period of many years. He supervised the progress of my work with his customary kindness and perceptive criticism and offered many suggestions concerning style, structure, and substance. He has done more for me than I can acknowledge. I am profoundly grateful to Professor Saul Lieberman for the sustained cor-dial interest which he has shown in my work and for letting me benefit so liberally from his vast knowledge. His careful reading of my manuscript led to some important additions and necessary modifica-tions and enriched me greatly. It is a unique privilege to discuss problems of Jewish learning with him. My father- in- law, Rabbi Dr. Joseph Soloveitchik, combining keen professorial interest with great paternal devotion, placed his immense Talmudic erudition and pene-trating observations at my disposal and I drew freely from them. His impact on my work— and life— is incalculable. The friendship and intellectual companionship of Professor Frank M. Cross, chairman of the department of Near Eastern Languages and Literatures at Harvard, have been very dear to me. If not for his friendly prodding and genuine interest, the manuscript might still be awaiting that elusive final touch.   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C  | I n d e x For use on stand- alone, non- institutional computers only. To purchase Scholar PDF version with advanced functionality, go to www. publishersrow. com

Rabad of Posquieres: A Twelfth-Century Talmudist


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FRONT MATTERTitle PageCopyright PageDedication PagePREFACECONTENTSINTRODUCTION TO REVISED EDITIONI. LIFE1. Family and Teachers2. Provence in the Twelfth Century3. Teaching and Writing4. Personality5. InfluenceII. WORKS1. Early Writings2. Talmud Commentaries3. Codes4. Commentaries on Halakic Midrashim5. Mishnah Commentaries6. Sermons and Responsa7. Hassagot on Alfasi, Razah, and MaimonidesIII. WORKS II: CRITICISM OF THE MISHNEH TORAH1. Literature on the2. Corroborative or Explanatory Hassagot3. Critical Glosses and Animadversions4. Rabad's Motives in Composing the HassagotIV. SOURCES1. Talmudic Sources2. Post-Talmudic SourcesV. DISCIPLES AND FOLLOWERS1. Disciples2. Contemporary Followers and Correspondents3. DescendantsVI. RELATION TO PHILOSOPHY AND KABBALAH1. Attitude Toward Secular Learning2. Use of Philosophic Literature3. Rabad and KabbalahLIST OF ABBREVIATIONSProper NamesNOTE ON REFERENCESBIBLIOGRAPHYPrimary SourcesSecondary WorksBIBLIOGRAPHICAL SUPPLEMENTPrimary SourcesSecondary WorksADDENDAINDEX
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