The En Yaaqov: Jacob ibn Habib’s Search for Faith in the Tal­mu­dic Corpus

Mar­jorie Lehman
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December 18, 2012
This work of intel­lec­tu­al his­to­ry, focused on an oft-neglect­ed peri­od on the his­to­ry of rab­binic lit­er­a­ture, brings new per­spec­tives on the En Yaaqov, one of the great com­men­tary works in the recep­tion his­to­ry of the Tal­mud. Con­tex­tu­al­iz­ing the En Yaaqov with­in the Jew­ish intel­lec­tu­al world fol­low­ing the expul­sion from Spain in 1492, Lehman illu­mi­nates the world of Yaaqov ibn Habib, who inten­tion­al­ly cre­at­ed a col­lec­tion of Tal­mu­dic aggadah that resem­bled the Tal­mud in var­i­ous ways. Ibn Habib envi­sioned a foun­da­tion­al text that would enable Jews to per­ceive the Tal­mud as a con­struc­tive the­o­log­i­cal doc­u­ment and ulti­mate­ly play in a role in Jew­ish edu­ca­tion, impact­ing on spir­i­tu­al growth and con­ti­nu­ity of faith. An invalu­able resource for those inter­est­ed in the his­to­ry of Aggadah, the Tal­mud and Rab­binic Lit­er­a­ture, late-medieval Sephardic his­to­ry and cul­ture, and the his­to­ry of the Jew­ish book.

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