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Poetry has a prominent place in the Psalms, Jonah, and other books of the Hebrew Bible, and is an integral part of the Jewish liturgy from rabbinical times through the Middle Ages (such as devotional prayers known as piyyutim) and to our own day, as well as secular poetry since the Hebrew renaissance that began in the early 19th century and continues in Israel. One of the high points of Hebrew poetry in Jewish history was from 10th to 15th century in Spain under both Muslim and Christian rule.
This 5-part course will give a brief overview of what many scholars consider one of the richest parts of Jewish literature, focusing in particular on Samuel Ha-Nagid, Solomon Ibn Gabirol, Moses Ibn Ezra, Yehuda Halevi, and a few other figures. We will look at how religious and secular poetry developed and interacted with each other, as well as taking on aspects of the broader Arab and Christian cultures.
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