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Menasseh ben Israel
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(1604, Madeira – 1657, Middelburg, Netherlands), rabbi, author and printer, who lived mostly in Amsterdam. Menasseh was a theologian of Judaism who knew how to use secular and rabbinic knowledge in defense of Judaism. In 1626 he founded the first Jewish printing works in Amsterdam. He published a number of writings which were intended to appeal to non-Jews as well as Jews (De creatione, 1635; De resurrectione mortuorum, 1636; De fragilitate humana, 1642). He was seen as an intellectual representative of the Jewish people, and was in contact with H. Grotius and Rembrand…

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Veltri, Giuseppe, “Menasseh ben Israel”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_13899>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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