Jewish Life in Renaissance Italy Hardcover – Mar 4 1994
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"Draws on evidence from economics, population movements, education, literature, philosophy, and the patterns of daily life. [Bonfil's] erudition is apparent on every page. . . . Full of rich details about the life of Italian Jewry."--"Times Literary Supplement
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THE DEMOGRAPHIC distribution of the Jewish presence in Italy, from the close of the thirteenth century throughout practically the whole of the fifteenth, came about as the result of a process that can be reconstructed with a fair degree of accuracy. Read the first page
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Bonfil is most convincing when discussing the how the cultural production of rabbis during the Italian Renaissance imported forms from the broader context of the Renaissance yet still forged a uniquely Jewish identity.Read more ›
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Bonfil is most convincing when discussing the how the cultural production of rabbis during the Italian Renaissance imported forms from the broader context of the Renaissance yet still forged a uniquely Jewish identity. Unfortunately, he fails to demonstrate how this model of self-assertion held in other contexts of Jewish culture.
Taken as a whole, Bonfil's work is intriguing but ultimately unconvincing. His claim that assertion of Jewish identity took place in relation to Christians and importing aspects of Renaissance culture is a plausible one. Unfortunately, he only succeeds in demonstrating it in limited cases. One cannot help but ask, "What about the Jews who weren't rabbis? What about the average Jew?" In other words, Bonfil's hypothesis needs further exploration from below rather than from above.