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.

xv INTRODUCTION TO REVISED EDITION A retrospective- reflective approach to my book on Rabad evokes many strong impressions and varying assessments which vie for primacy in determining the contents of these present re-marks. It seemed to me that if I were permitted to take a cue from the general medieval literary tradition which often accentuated the role of direct address or personal “ appeal to the reader,” the following rem-iniscence would be the most appropriate point of departure for a succinct statement which ex hypotheso should be not only retrospec-tive but also partially prospective. My study of Rabad developed out of a short- lived burst of youthful scholarly exuberance: I decided ( more than twenty years ago) with great enthusiasm and a heightened sense of expectation to write an intellectual history of the Jews in southern France during the Middle Ages. I was convinced then— and still am— that such an investigation would be significant, suggestive, and repercussive, that it could be paradigmatic for the study and under-standing of the development and atrophy of Jewish culture in specific foreign environments. Many years later, in a piece that turned out to be a combined review article and programmatic essay, I articulated the rationale which prompted my initial decision and which still sustains an abiding hope, God willing, to implement it. Jewish history in southern France, often seen merely as an epicycle of the Spanish or northern French spheres of influence, invites scholarly at-tention both because of its intrinsic, substantive value as well as its self- transcending methodological relevance. On one hand, the chronological span of the period is rather clearly delimited and therefore sustains one’s hopes for a meaningful overview of or synoptic approach to the entire peri-   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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