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Ben Israel, Menasseh
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(1604, Madeira – Nov 20, 1657, Middelburg, Netherlands), scholar and leader of the Jewish community of Amsterdam. Ben Israel was one of the first Jewish writers to dedicate a significant part of his literary religious activity to presenting Judaism to non-Jewish European audiences. He played a leading role in the negotiations with O. Cromwell to enable the return of Jews to England. Ben Israel was born in Madeira to a family that had converted to Christianity but returned to Judaism once they had emigrated to the Netherlands. Among …

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Dan, Joseph, “Ben Israel, Menasseh”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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