The Hebrew Book in Early Modern Italy

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University of Pennsylvania Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 1.4 inches | 1.4 pounds

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About the Author
Joseph R. Hacker is Professor Emeritus of Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Adam Shear is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

"This compact yet intellectually expansive book illuminates the many overlapping worlds of the production of--and, crucially, the reaction to--Hebrew books in early modern Italy. The period covered is expansive as well, some 300 years. . . . And Italy is the fons . . . of Jewish print culture, home to the first dated Hebrew book as well as the first book printed in the lifetime of its author. . . . This is a collection in which each essay is a labor of love, and in which one is struck by each scholar's deep interest and erudition. . . . It is worthy of the stunning books it discusses."--TLS

"A remarkably valuable contribution to the cultural history of the Jews in the late Middle Ages and the early modern period. The essays offer deep insights into methodological issues broadly connected to the larger general context of continuity and change, focusing on the dialogical relationship between Jewish and non-Jewish identities, especially on the constitutive forces ushering in the modern age."--Robert Bonfil, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

"In early modern Italy Jewish books played a central role in the cultural wars that were roiling Christian society. . . . This rich collection of studies . . . delve[s] deeply into fascinating and generally unknown aspects of this subject. . . . An important contribution to the history of the Hebrew book and to early modern Jewish history."--Jewish Book World