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This chapter presents some remarks about the study of extreme importance of antique sources, not only for the framing of Renaissance ideas concerning metempsychosis, but also in terms of providing them with ultimate authority. The study provides a strong background for understanding the "hermeneutical grids" of Italian Jewish thinkers as they received Safedian forms of thought. Indeed, late sixteenth century and early seventeenth century Italian Jewish thinkers were heirs to the intellectual traditions. Idel goes on to claim that the Lurianic form of transmigration, which is marked by the reading of the souls of living individuals, did not take hold in Italy.

Keywords: Italian Renaissance; Jewish thought; kabbalists; metempsychosis; Rebirth Reincarnation



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