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Published: 14 December 2007

328 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195315424

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The Song of the Distant Dove

Judah Halevi's Pilgrimage

Raymond P. Scheindlin

Judah Halevi (d. 1141), the greatest of premodern Hebrew poets, abandoned his home in Spain and traveled to the Land of Israel. Raymond Scheindlin has written the first book-length treatment of Halevi's pilgrimage in any language. He provides a detailed narrative of Halevi's journey, interwoven with poems and samples of original documents -- most translated from Arabic into English for the first time. The narrative is crowned by the complete corpus of Halevi's pilgrimage poems in new verse translations, accompanied by discussions of their religious emotional, and literary character. An introduction examines Halevi's cultural background as part of the Judeo-Arabic elite and explores his intellectual and religious development as reflected in his poetry.


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