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"I have always loved the Holy Tongue": Isaac Casaubon, the Jews, and a Forgotten Chapter in Renaissance Scholarship Hardcover – Jan 3 2011

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  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (Jan. 3 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674048407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674048409
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 19 x 26.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 975 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #568,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Meaty scholarship and a terrific read Dec 12 2012
By Tom Hughes - Published on Amazon.com
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Isaac Casaubon was one of those wonderful Renaissance figures that seemed somehow to know and correspond with everyone of interest in his period throughout Europe. If he were around today he would be one of those thoughtful, high-output bloggers whom everyone reads. Although this book's authors probably have fellow academics in mind -- and has footnotes to match, many in Latin -- it's actually a book any armchair historian would enjoy (you can ignore the Latin footnotes in confidence, they're there for the Latinists to check the translation). It's the story of how Casaubon worked in Hebrew (in addition to Greek and Latin) and it's surprisingly gripping.
Disappointing July 21 2013
By Fu Xi - Published on Amazon.com
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I am, among other things, a philologist, that is I enjoy studying onld texts with the goal of rediscovering their actual history. Causabon's work on the Hertmetic corpus, showing it to be much later in date than previously assumed, is on of the most exciting philological adventures. True, it is only a few of us who find close analysis of texts exciting but for us there is no greater challenge or pleasure.

Unfortunately, I found Grafton's work tediious with lots of information that seemed to have no particular reason to be included. I'd hoped that this book would make Causaubon's work come alive but it did not, at least for me. Still if you are interested in this rather arcane subject it is worth the read.