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Scientific Thought And The Exegetical Mind, With An Essay On The Life And Works Of Rabbi Judah Loew

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This chapter focuses on a Jewish theologian, Rabbi Löw of Prague, and his legend, because he has been seen as epitomizing what we can call the exegetical interpretation and hermeneutic transfiguration of the new challenges and discoveries of the early modern period. Judah Löw was among the leading lights of Prague Jewry's so-called aetas aurea. The chapter sketches the main strands of his vita, interwoven with some of the ideas of his theological system. Meir Perels states that Löw was born in 1512. In Löw case, establishing his exact date of birth is not merely an idle pursuit. Nothing is known about Löw's youth. In this respect, too, his biographer Perels is at pains to blend the historical with the legendary. Rabbi Löw lived in a world full of polemical attacks against Judaism, but also full of exploitative proceedings in which Judaism was seen only as a precursor of Christianity.

Keywords: aetas aurea; Christianity; exegetical mind; Meir Perels; Prague; Rabbi Judah Loew



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