Philosophy in a Time of Crisis

Don Isaac Abravanel: Defender of the Faith

By Seymour Feldman

© 2002 – Routledge

214 pages

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About the Book

The expulsion from Spain did not only result in the destruction and dispersion of Spanish Jewry but led to a crisis in Jewish faith. Don Isaac Abravanel provided a systematic treatment of the main philosophical and theological beliefs of Judaism in an attempt to resolve the inner doubts of his co-religionists. In their Italian exile his son Judah too recognized that Jews were now living in a new cultural world, but he forged a different road for Jews to pursue in their entry into the culture of the Renaissance. This book presents a picture of one family facing the challenges of a new era in Jewish history.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction 1. Isaac Abravanel, the Man and his Works 2. Hasdai Crescas and the Crisis of 1391 3. Crescas' Philosophical Legacy Part 2: Isaac Abravanel's Philosophy of Judaism 1. The Nature of Religious Belief 2. Creation of the World 3. Miracles 4. Prophecy 5. Divine Omniscience and Human Choice 6. Immortality of the Soul 7. Resurrection of the Dead 8. Divine Providence 9. The Messiah 10. Isaac Abravanel: Anti-rationalist, Mystic or Philosophical-Theologian? Part 3: "An Inheritance For Your Children" - Judah Abravanel 1. Jewish Philosophy in an Italian Key 2. "Judah in Exile" 3. The Circle of Love 4. "In the Beginning God Created Heaven and Earth" - A Neoplatonic Midrash Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index

About the Author

Seymour Feldman is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Rutgers University.

About the Series

Routledge Jewish Studies Series

Studies, which are interpreted to cover the disciplines of history, sociology, anthropology, culture, politics, philosophy, theology, religion, as they relate to Jewish affairs. The remit includes texts which have as their primary focus issues, ideas, personalities and events of relevance to Jews, Jewish life and the concepts which have characterised Jewish culture both in the past and today. The series is interested in receiving appropriate scripts or proposals.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
REL040030
RELIGION / Judaism / History
REL051000
RELIGION / Philosophy
SOC053000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies