By Raymond P. Scheindlin

ISBN-10: 0195315421

ISBN-13: 9780195315424

Judah Halevi (ca. 1075-1141) is the easiest identified and so much cherished of medieval Hebrew poets, in part due to his passionate poems of eager for the Land of Israel and partially as a result of legend of his dying as a martyr whereas reciting his Ode to Zion on the gates of Jerusalem. He was once additionally one of many prime theologians of medieval Judaism, having written a treatise at the which means of Judaism that remains studied and honored by means of conventional Jews.

As a member of the rich Jewish elite of medieval Spain, Halevi loved the fabric pleasures on hand to the higher sessions. along his sacred poetry, he wrote verses approximately younger romance, wine songs, and odes to his pals. In midlife, Halevi became extra heavily to faith, ultimately forsaking his relations and group with hopes of finishing his existence as a pilgrim within the land of Israel.

Miraculously, a few letters in Arabic have been stumbled on approximately fifty years in the past, a few written through Halevi, a few written to Halevi, and but others written approximately Halevi by means of his pals in Egypt. those letters guard a shiny checklist of Halevi's travels as a pilgrim and of the final months of his existence. Raymond Scheindlin has written the 1st book-length remedy of Halevi's pilgrimage in any language. He tells the tale of Halevi's trip via choices from those revealing assets and explores its which means via discussions of his stirring poetry, offered the following in new verse translations with complete commentary.

In Hebrew verse of unheard of good looks, Halevi salutes the Holy Land; he argues with pals approximately his intentions; he units out his myth of crossing the sea, of jogging the hills and valleys of the Land of Israel, and of death and mingling his bones with its soil and stones. He even confides his mystery fears and uncertainties, his eager for his kin, and his worry of demise at sea. together with his consummate ability as a translator of Hebrew poetry and his mastery of Judeo-Arabic tradition, Scheindlin offers clean insights into the literary, non secular, and old elements of Halevi's alluring poetry and fateful journey.

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