Curiosities of Judaism: Facts, Opinions, Anecdotes and Remarks Relative to the Hebrew Nation (Classic Reprint)

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Long before Poetry spread a brilliant éclat among the population of Southern F rance, ' a remarkable literary move ment took place, although this was generally unknown, because it Operated but indirectly among the branches of knowledge of the Middle Ages. We refer to the studies, and the philosophical works, which the Jews undertook with such great success, at this epoch, in the bosom of the schools which they had founded at N arbonne, at Lune], at saint-gilles, and at other towns of the South.

A Spanish Jew, Benjamin of Tudela, who travelled from 1160 to 117 3, to visit his co-religionists in various places, has transmitted several interesting details respecting these establishments and those who directed them. We shall supplement his account by what we gather from the writings of these celebrated rabbins themselves, but in this intro duction we shall simply glance on the intellectual move ment, and particularly on the schools and establishments which have favoured and advanced it, limiting ourselves here to a general view, but reserving for further remarks particulars of different men who have taken part in this movement.

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