The Hope of Israel

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The Hope of Israel

The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization


September 1st, 1987

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When The Hope of Israel was translated into English in 1652, its argument from Scripture that messianic redemption would not come to the Jewish people until they were scattered in all the corners of the Earth aroused great interest and played an instrumental part in the discussions in the Commonwealth under Cromwell which eventually led to the readmission of the Jews in 1656. This edition of that English text includes an introduction and notes which place the work in the intellectual context of its time.

'The editors are to be commended not merely for their editions of the text, but more specifically for their most informative and detailed introduction. Its ninety-five pages provide a scholarly but immensely readable background to Menasseh's life and times.'
Jewish Chronicle

'Doubly welcome. The editors' introduction is admirable in its elucidation of Menasseh's life and times, the Marrano background and the messianic atmosphere of the mid-seventeenth century.'
L. K., Polin

Author Information

Henri Mechoulan is Director of Research at the Centre Nationale de Recherche Scientifique, Paris. Gerard Nahon is Director of Studies at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Sciences Religieuses), Paris.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Half Title2
Title Page 4
Editions and translations10
Amsterdam: From the Marranos to a Portuguese Jewish Community14
Menasseh Ben Israel: A New Look at his Life and Work 1604–165735
Esperanca de Israel, 1650 73
Wall's English Translation of the Latin Text110
A Note on the English Translation110
Facsimile of the Title-Page111
The Epistle Dedicatory112
Menasseh Ben Israel to the Courteous Reader114
The Authors of Other Nations, Which are Quoted in this Treatise116
The Hebrew Books, and Authors117
The Relation of Antonio Montezinos118
The Hope of Israel125
A Note on Moses Wall by Richard H. Popkin178
Index of Place and Proper Names198