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A Life of Menasseh Ben Israel: Rabbi, Printer, and Diplomat
A Life of Menasseh Ben Israel Rabbi Printer and Diplomat Author:Cecil Roth From the dust jacket: — Rabbi, printer, diplomat, scholar, and voluminous correspondent, Menasseh ben Israel exhibited a naive credulity remarkable even in that "age of marvels" in which he lived. He became convinced that the first inhabitants of America were the lost Ten Tribes and "that they are scattered also in other Countries, that they kee... more »p their true Religion, as hoping to returne againe into the Holy Land in due time." ,,, One of the great motivating forces of his life was the belief that the coming of the Messiah was dependent upon the dispersion of the Jews to all parts of the world. It was for this reason that Menasseh earnestly sought the readmission of his people into the British Isles. "It became obvious to Menasseh's mystical mind that, if the Jews were introduced into that portion of the globe known as the 'end of the earth', (Angle-Terre), the biblical prophecy of woe might be deemed fulfilled. The, and then only, the great messianic movement for which Jews had been longing and praying for centuries might be expected to reach its climax."
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CECIL ROTH, author of this biography of the "founder of Anglo-Jewry", was described in the March 24, 1934, issue of the EAST LONDON OBSERVER as "perhaps the most famous Jewish historian and publicist in the world today."
Born in London in 1899, he received his early education in the City of London School from which he went to Merton College, Oxford. During the [First] World War, he served as a private in England and in Flanders in the 13th Royal Sussex Regiment and the 11th Somerset Light Infantry. At the close of the War, he returned to Merton College and in 1922 won Final Honors in the School of Modern History. He received his Degree of Bachelor of Letters in 1923; in 1924, his Doctorate of Philosophy and Masters of Arts Degree; and in 1925 he was named a Fellow of th4 Royal Historical Society.
In recognition of his authorship of the HISTORY OF THE JEWS IN VENICE (published by the JPS), he was nominated as a Corresponding Member of the Royal Venetian Historical Academy.
Dr, Roth has lectured extensively in England and in America (1925-26, 1930). He is a contributor to the ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA, ENCYCLOPEDIA JUDAICA, and the CAMBRIDGE MODERN HISTORY.
His other writings include THE LAST FLORENTINE REPUBLIC (1925), ISCARIOT (1929), THE CASTLE PILGRIM (1929), HISTORY OF THE JEWS IN VENICE (1930), and A HISTORY OF THE MARRANOS (1932).« less