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By Irene Lancaster

Deconstructing the Bible represents the 1st test through a unmarried writer to put the nice Spanish Jewish Hebrew bible exegete, thinker, poet, astronomer, astrologer and scientist Abraham ibn Ezra (1089-1164) in his entire contextual surroundings. It charts his strange travels and discusses adjustments and contradictions in his hermeneutic procedure, analysing his imaginative and prescient of the long run for the Jewish humans within the Christian north of Europe instead of in Muslim Spain. It additionally examines his effect on next Jewish inspiration, in addition to his position within the wider hermeneutic debate. The publication incorporates a new translation of ibn Ezra's creation to the Torah, written in Lucca, northern Italy, including a whole observation. it is going to be of curiosity to a wide selection of students, starting from philosophers and theologians to linguists and scholars of hermeneutics.

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According to legend, its Jewish residents helped the Christians in the eviction of the Muslims. As a reward they were granted the right to elect a ‘Jewish king’. There was a princely Jewish dynasty in Narbonne, which dated from the eleventh and twelfth centuries. Between 1134 and 1143, however, political clashes took place between Narbonne and Toulouse, resulting in Jewish emigration from Narbonne. According to the Sefer Kabbalah, a historiography by ibn Ezra’s younger Spanish contemporary, Abraham ibn Daud, in 1143 there 12 THE BIOGRAPHY OF ABRAHAM IBN EZRA were two thousand Jews resident in Narbonne.

However, in Yesod Mora, ibn Ezra’s attitude to the various exegetical approaches is also much more balanced than earlier in his life. He accentuates creativity rather than the mere acquisition of exegetical tools. This emphasis was already apparent in his earlier works, but is spelled out in much more detail here. It could be argued that each of his three attempts to define a perfect textual approach represents a development in his thought. On the other hand, it is possible that, at the end of his life, ibn Ezra decided to accentuate the transcendent power of creative imagination over grammatical accuracy, in order to pinpoint the way in which he felt that textual exegesis should be carried on after his death.

The major English biographer of ibn Ezra was Friedlaender, author of Essays on the Writings of Abraham ibn Ezra, although many of his findings have now been superseded. Arguably the greatest contributor to ibn Ezra biography in the first half of the twentieth century was J. L. 21 The first two major grammatical studies on ibn Ezra were Bacher’s Abraham Ibn Esras Einleitung zu Seinem PentateuchKommentar and Abraham ibn Esra als Grammatiker. However, Bacher had not read the Second Introduction, written in France.

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