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The Land Of Israel And The National Theme In Hebrew Poetry From Sa'Adia Gaon To Šemuel Ha-Nagid

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This chapter begins by examining poems to which scholarship has not given proper attention, the work of Jewish poets in the East during the 10th and 11th centuries. Between Sa'adia and Šemuel Ha-nagid, in the East, especially in Iraq, a school of poetry took shape which was not liturgical and was evidently influenced by the Arabic poetry of its time and place. The place of the Land of Israel and the national motive were also pre- served to a degree in the first generation of Hebrew poetry in Spain, in the court of Hisdai ibn Šaprū$. Thus the chapter finds, contrary to common opinion, that mention of the Land of Israel and the place of the national-eschatological theme is not lacking from medieval Hebrew secular poetry, that is to say from its origin in the East in the 10th century to Ha-Nagid.

Keywords: Šemuel Ha-nagid; Hebrew poetry; Hisdai ibn Šaprū$; Israel; Sa'adia Gaon



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