15. Judaism and Science in the Age of Discovery

  1. Alan T. Levenson
  1. Joseph M. Davis

Published Online: 19 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118232897.ch15

The Wiley-Blackwell History of Jews and Judaism

The Wiley-Blackwell History of Jews and Judaism

How to Cite

Davis, J. M. (2012) Judaism and Science in the Age of Discovery, in The Wiley-Blackwell History of Jews and Judaism (ed A. T. Levenson), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118232897.ch15

Editor Information

  1. University of Oklahoma, USA

Author Information

  1. Gratz College, Philadelphia, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405196376

Online ISBN: 9781118232897

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Keywords:

  • The Early Modern Period (Sixteenth–Eighteenth Centuries);
  • Judaism and science, the Age of Discovery;
  • Jewish nostalgia, for the Golden Age;
  • traditionalism;
  • medieval Judaism, basic teachings;
  • nostalgia for a Golden Age, traditionalism;
  • Old Worlds and New Worlds;
  • rise of mystical Judaism;
  • Jewish rationalism, lacking effective leadership;
  • Kabbalah and liberty

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Discovery of “Discovery”

  • Jewish Nostalgia for the Golden Age and Traditionalism

  • Old Worlds and New Worlds

  • Some Early Modern Jewish Scientists

  • David Gans (1541–1613)

  • Jewish Renaissance and Reformation in the Late 1500s

  • The Heritage of Maimonideanism and Anti-Maimonideanism

  • Spanish and Portuguese Jews and Their Doubts

  • Benedict Spinoza (1632–1677)

  • The Rise of Mystical Judaism

  • Rationalistic and Kabbalistic Leaders

  • Kabbalah and Liberty

  • Moses Mendelssohn and the Jewish Enlightenment: Science and Liberty

  • References