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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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Moses Ibn Ezra

Moses Ibn Ezra

(p.75) Moses Ibn Ezra
Hebrew Poems from Spain

David Goldstein

Liverpool University Press

This chapter studies the poetry of Moses Ibn Ezra. Moses was born not later than 1055 and was one of four distinguished brothers from Granada. There is no record of what became of him during the persecution of the Jews in Granada in 1066, but it may have been at this time that he went to Lucena to study under Isaac ibn Gi’at. At all events, one finds him in Granada again when the Jewish community was re-established there, and he gathered round him a circle of scholars and poets, both Jewish and non-Jewish, among whom was the young Judah ha-Levi. His early poetic achievement in Granada received great acclaim. Moses died between 1135 and 1140, and he spent his last years in Christian Spain, longing for the physical and intellectual environment of his birthplace. In addition to his poetical work, Moses ibn Ezra wrote a comprehensive treatise on poetry, and a philosophical work, called ‘The Bed of Spices’

Keywords:   Moses Ibn Ezra, Granada, Jews, Isaac ibn Gi’at, Jewish community, Christian Spain, Jewish poet, Jewish poetry

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