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Hebrew Poems from Spain$
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David Goldstein

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113669

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113669.001.0001

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Isaac Ibn Gi’ At

Isaac Ibn Gi’ At

(p.71) Isaac Ibn Gi’ At
Hebrew Poems from Spain

David Goldstein

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores the poetry of Isaac Ibn Gi’at, who was born in Lucena. Under his spiritual leadership and authority, the city became the leading light of Jewish scholarship throughout the western Mediterranean. He was deeply attached to the family of Samuel ha-Nagid, and when the latter’s son was killed in 1066, he welcomed his family who had fled from Granada into his own home. Isaac was a prolific writer of Talmudic and Biblical commentaries. His poetic fame rests mainly on his liturgical work, in which he displayed familiarity not only with traditional modes of thought, but also with philosophy and the physical sciences. Moses Ibn Ezra was numbered among his pupils. The chapter then looks at Isaac’s poem The Greatness of God.

Keywords:   Isaac Ibn Gi’at, Lucena, spiritual leadership, Jewish scholarship, Talmudic commentaries, Biblical commentaries, liturgical work, Jewish poet, Jewish poetry

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