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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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Shem Tob Ben Palquera

Shem Tob Ben Palquera

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(p.139) Shem Tob Ben Palquera
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Hebrew Poems from Spain
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David Goldstein

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781904113669.003.0013

This chapter addresses the poetry of Shem Tob ben Palquera. Shem Tob ben Palquera was born in northern Spain in 1225 and died after 1290. He was a follower and renowned exponent of Maimonides, and author of a number of moral and philosophical works. His main achievement as a poet was his rhymed popular philosophical work, Ha-Mebakkesh (The Seeker), which consists of a series of dialogues between the main character and men of different professional and social classes. The chapter then presents Shem Tob ben Palquera’s poem If Fear is Like a Rock. The poem talks about the strength of the poet’s heart amid fear and sorrow. He likens his heart to ‘the moon that shines brighter when the darkness falls’

Keywords:   Shem Tob ben Palquera, Maimonides, Ha-Mebakkesh, Jewish poet, Jewish poetry

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