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Renaissance England's Chief Rabbi: John Selden

Jason P. Rosenblatt


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, including Grotius, Jonson, and Milton, gladly conceded Selden’s superiority. Although scholars have examined Selden (1584-1654) as a political theorist, legal and constitutional historian, and parliamentarian, this is the first book-length study of his rabbinic and especially talmudic publications, which take up most of th ... More

Keywords: Milton, Jonson, Andrew Marvell, James Harrington, Henry Stubbe, Nathanael Culverwel, Thomas Hobbes, Isaac Newton, Hebrew scholarship, Talmud

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199286133
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199286133.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jason P. Rosenblatt, author
Professor of English, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
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