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From Christianity to JudaismStory of Isaac Orobio de Castro$
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Yosef Kaplan

Print publication date: 1989

Print ISBN-13: 9780197100608

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780197100608.001.0001

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Philosophers, Theologians, and Poets

Philosophers, Theologians, and Poets

(p.263) 10 Philosophers, Theologians, and Poets
From Christianity to Judaism

Yosef Kaplan

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses Isaac Orobio's encounters with philosophers, theologians, and poets. In 1684, Orobio published in Amsterdam his Certamen Philosophicum, Propugnatae Veritatis Divinae ac Naturalis adversus Joh. Bredenburg. This work was received with marked respect in philosophical circles in Holland and abroad, and it constituted Orobio one of the leaders of the campaign against Barukh Spinoza's philosophy. The chapter then considers the debate which took place in Amsterdam between Orobio and Christian theologian Philip van Limborch. It also looks at how, in 1685, a number of writers, poets, and lovers of poetry and art in the Portuguese-Jewish community of Amsterdam founded a literary society with the name of La Academia de los Florido. Orobio was a founder-member and one of the regular participants in its proceedings.

Keywords:   Isaac Orobio de Castro, Amsterdam, Barukh Spinoza, Philip van Limborch, poetry, Portuguese-Jewish community, La Academia de los Florido

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