The Autobiography of a 17th Century Venetian Rabbi

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Hist 158 - EARLY MODERN EUROPE Lecture 3

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HIST 158 1st Edition Lecture 12 Outline of Last Lecture I. Effects of Reformations II. Background information for Modena reading Outline of Current Lecture I. Modena II. Life in the Ghetto III. Family Life Current Lecture I. Modena a. Had many contributions to society in addition to scholarly publications i. Yet he focuses on his imperfections in his autobiography 1. Would be revered as one of the most successful 17th century scholars had he not written this autobiography ii. Jews and Christians studied under him which was a major compliment b. Ghetto was supposed to make life miserable for Jews yet it actually enriched life for them c. Jew/Christian tensions weren’t as great as it seemed d. Why do people write autobiographies? i. To show how they’ve overcome hardships ii. To ensure people remember them a certain way iii. Confession is normally something you do in private but Modena does it publically through his autobiography 1. Depicts where he’s failed and where he feels God has failed him II. Life in the Ghetto a. Real estate i. Page 103: “overcome with depression” after leaving Venice These notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor’s lecture. GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes, not as a substitute.

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