Humanism and Hebrew Culture in the Italian Renaissance
On March 10th The International Studies Institute (better known as ISI Florence) will host a conference titled Humanism and Hebrew Culture in the Italian Renaissance. The conference, which is part of the Tuscan AngloAmerican Festival in Florence, will be held in the institute’s “headquarters” at Palazzo Rucellai. Ever since the nineteenth century research has demonstrated the crucial role of the Jews as intellectual mediators in Western Europe, especially during the later Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Along the way, scholars have tended to emphasize the unilateral transmission of Jewish cultural materials (primarily biblical exegesis) and Greek and Arabic thought.