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From Spain To Italy

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In the life-narratives of R. Solomon Ibn Verga and Don Isaac Abravanel and in their works one can find concrete expression of the transition from the Spanish center that was destroyed to the Jewish center in Italy. The characteristic that distinguished the philosophical creativity of the Jewish center in Italy is the encounter of the Jewish-Arabic tradition of Spain with the tradition of Christian scholasticism and the Renaissance. It is pointed out in three stages. In all the stages one can see clearly that the divisions between the Jewish and Christian intellectual elites was weakening, and this facilitated free contact with the culture of the environment to the point that Jewish philosophers allowed themselves to participate in the general philosophical-religious movement and to discuss the relationship between philosophy and religion in a general perspective, Jewish and Christian in common, without worrying overmuch about their unique Jewish identity.

Keywords: Christian Renaissance; Christian scholasticism; Don Isaac Abravanel; Italy; Jewish center; R. Solomon Ibn Verga; Spain



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