By Marjorie Lehman
After his expulsion from Spain in 1492, Jacob ibn Habib created the En Yaaqov, a set of Talmudic aggadah (non-legal material), through removal nearly all of the Talmud's criminal parts yet holding the bankruptcy order of the rest fabric and including his personal advent and working observation. within the En Yaaqov: Jacob ibn Habib's look for religion within the Talmudic Corpus writer Marjorie Lehman argues that the En Yaaqov's anthologizer, Jacob ibn Habib, purposely sought to create a Talmud "look-alike" as a way to turn out that Judaism's foundational criminal tract may be visible as a theological rfile. by way of contemplating the criteria that inspired ibn Habib, Lehman argues that his En Yaaqov was once a response to the best way that the Talmud was once perceived and studied through the overdue medieval interval between Spanish Jewry.
In 4 chapters, Lehman explores the 1st published version of the En Yaaqov, delving into the highbrow tradition and theological intricacies surrounding its production and elaborating at the contributions of the En Yaaqov to the advance of religion. bankruptcy 1 considers the political turmoil and demanding situations of resettlement that ibn Habib encountered after expulsion and that triggered him to provide the En Yaaqov. bankruptcy 2 makes a speciality of the highbrow framework in which ibn Habib's angle towards Talmudic aggadah constructed and explains why few working commentaries at the aggadot of the Talmud existed ahead of his paintings. bankruptcy three discusses ibn Habib's editorial judgements in opting for to build the En Yaaqov as a Talmud "look-alike." In bankruptcy four, Lehman analyzes key passages in ibn Habib's remark to the En Yaaqov to check how he built-in textual content and context to supply a source that Jews might make the most of for religious progress and continuity of religion. In her end, Lehman addresses the evolving printing background of the gathering, which was once fairly diversified from that of the Talmud.
Lehman argues that ibn Habib's reviews as a Spanish Jew who was once compelled to escape Spain brought on him to make judgements not just approximately how the Talmud might be studied within the identify of non secular recovery but additionally approximately how Jews may possibly continue to exist destiny expulsions by way of cultivating a sustainable trustworthy dating with God. This insightfully researched publication could be informative to students of Talmud and Rabbinic Literature, late-medieval highbrow historical past and tradition, Sephardic background, and the background of the Jewish publication in addition to to readers drawn to the still-popular En Yaaqov.
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40 Whether through lineage or through arguments about the importance of one’s inner faith, rabbinic leaders of the fifteenth century wrestled to define the boundaries that differentiated Jew from non-Jew and in the process nourished a conversation about Jewish self-definition. indd 24 10/19/11 10:13 AM The Life and Contexts of Jacob ibn H . abib tled elsewhere. Each Jewish community following the expulsion continued to confront the issue of the conversos in some form. Their concerns evolved and took on new characteristics as Jews traveled from land to land, just as Jacob ibn H .
Could they ever repent for their past transgressions even if Christianity had been forced on them? Some ex-conversos who had lived as Christians for longer periods of time than Levi ibn H . abib also had difficulty readjusting to Judaism. The realities of adult circumcision, their unfamiliarity with the synagogue service, their inability to read Hebrew, and the extent to which Jewish texts (Bible and Talmud) began to govern their lives was frustrating. 72 Some ex-conversos converted back to Christianity and some to Islam.
While he viewed conversion as strong enough to disqualify someone as a valid witness, it was not, in his mind, powerful enough to sever one’s relationship to Judaism or, more specifically, the relationship between two brothers who were born Jews. This explains ibn H . indd 34 10/19/11 10:13 AM The Life and Contexts of Jacob ibn H . abib sion to sign two haskamot that, on the surface, appear to be contradictory in their effect on women desirous of remarriage. However, when viewed from the perspective of a rabbi who wished to view the conversos as fullfledged Jews, the two haskamot convey a coherent perspective.
The En Yaaqov: Jacob ibn Habib's Search for Faith in the Talmudic Corpus by Marjorie Lehman