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.