Association for Jewish studies 1997- 22(2) by Nelson, M

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NissimGerondito R. IsaacAbravanel," and Society in Medieval Jewry: Studies Dedicated to the Memory of Haim Hillel Ben-Sasson (Hebrew)(Jerusalem,1989), pp. 469-491; AvrahamMelamed,"Aristotle'sPolitics";idem, "Jethro'sAdvice";idem, "TheAttitudeTowardDemocracyin MedievalJewishPhilosophy," and Community, in Frank,Commandment pp. 173-194; and Amos Funkenstein,"TheImage of the Rulerin Jewish Sources,"in his Perceptionsof Jewish History(Berkeley,1993), pp. 155-168. 6. , 1986), pp. 343-348. OFREPUBLICANISM ANDTHERHETORIC HEBREWS BIBLICAL 203 howeverqualified, tradition;andsecond,in his suggestinga correspondence, between the governmentof the biblical Hebrewsand the governmentsof contemporaryrepublicancity-states.

5. On Abravanel'sreligio-politicalinterpretation of Ex. 18:13, Deut. BenzionNetanyahu'sanalysisin Don Isaac Abravanel,Statesman and Philosopher(Philadelphia,1953), pp. Both StraussandNetanyahuregardAbravanel'santimonarchism as 202 MIRIAM BODIAN Abravaneldrew supportfor the feasibility (and desirability)of nonmonarchicgovernmentfrom contemporaryidealizationsof the political organizationof Italian republicancity-states,particularlyVenice. But if Abravanelborrowedconventionalneo-Aristotelian to his overall rhetoricaboutthe Venetianrepublic,it was strictlysubordinated The reason Israel did not a need monarch theologicalperspective.

335-406. 76. Pines,p. 61. 77. AZ,p. 23. "Rebuking preacher ignoring concerningthe nobles in the Guide,he cries: Heavenforbid,heavenforbid,thatthe masterandteacherof righteousness thenoblesof thechildren shouldthinkconcerning of Israel... "79 He drawson a versewhich speaksof one whose "friendshave gone far from him" (Prov. It is to rescue Maimonides fromthese injuriouscommentators thatAbarbanelundertakeshis explanation of the truemeaningof Maimonides'condemnationof the nobles. As mightbe expectedgivenhis critiqueof earlierMaimonidean expositors, Abarbaneltakeshis bearingsfromthe explicitstatementsin GuideI, 28 that 78.

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