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Mateh Dan: ha-Kuzari ha-Sheni

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Mateh Dan: ha-Kuzari ha-Sheni




Judaism and Science
Rabbinical works
Jews -- England
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Mateh Dan: ha-Kuzari ha-Sheni. Nieto, David. London; Thomas Ilive, c. 1714.

Rabbi of the Bevis Marks Synagogue and one of the major intellectual forces in 18th-century Jewish life in London, David Nieto (born in Venice in 1654, died in London in 1728) published this defense of Jewish law based in part on contemporary science. Relying on rabbinic sources, Nieto argues that science and Judaism complement one another and shows that rabbis have consistently used the sciences to bolster their arguments regarding Jewish law.

The top of the title page has the figure of R. Yehuda Hanassi, the compiler of the Mishnah, holding a volume of the Mishnah. To the right it is written “For the knowledge of the generations of the children of Israel,” and to the left, “So they will hold the Torah of the Lord.” This same volume appeared in a Spanish and in a bilingual Spanish-Hebrew edition.


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