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A Crown for the King

by Ibn Gabirol, Solomon ben Judah A Ibn

  • ISBN: 9780195119626
  • ISBN10: 0195119622

A Crown for the King

by Ibn Gabirol, Solomon ben Judah A Ibn

  • List Price: $30.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publish date: 11/01/1998
  • ISBN: 9780195119626
  • ISBN10: 0195119622
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Description: Solomon Ibn Gabirol (ca. 1021-ca. 1070) was the greatest of the Spanish Jewish poets and an important neoplatonist philosopher. Translated into Arabic and then Latin in the mid-twelfth century, his work became influential among the scholastics, who were unaware that "Avicebron" (as his name was latinized) was a Jew and a celebrated writer of religious hymns.

The Royal Crown ("A Crown for the King" in Slavitt's translation) is the greatest of Gabirol's poems. Bernard Lewis has called it "one of the major works of Hebrew literature since the completion of the New Testament". Its theme is the problem of the human predicament: the frailty of man and his proclivity to sin, in tension with a benign providence that has to Leave room for the operation of man's free will and also make available to him the means of penitence. The "Royal Crown" is still printed in prayerbooks of the Sephardic rite for the Day of Atonement, and among North African Jewish communities (and their offshoots in Israel and elsewhere) it is read communally before the morning service of the Day.

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