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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

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

David Goldstein

Liverpool University Press

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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