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The Testimony of Late Seventeenth-Century Library Auction Catalogues
Lawrence Rabone

In this article on book circulation, I survey twelve English library auction catalogues from the period 1676–97, in order to show how interest in the writings of the Amsterdam rabbi Menasseh ben Israel (1604–57) continued after his death. I do this by identifying the circulation of his works in Puritan personal libraries. I focus particularly on the library auction catalogues of leading Puritans, notably Lazarus Seaman, Thomas Manton, Stephen Charnock and John Owen. I also show that of all Menasseh’s books, De resurrectione mortuorum libri III was the one most frequently owned by Puritan divines. This article demonstrates how books helped to catalyse the boundary-crossing nature of the Jewish–Christian encounter in seventeenth-century England.

Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
Emily Vine

In 1655 Menasseh Ben Israel, a Portuguese rabbi and diplomat, wrote a petition to Oliver Cromwell on behalf of ‘The Hebrews at Present Reziding in this citty of London’ which pleaded for, alongside the freedom to worship in their own houses, a place to bury their own dead. Ben Israel wrote: ‘And being wee ar all mortall wee allsoe Humbly pray yo[u]r Highnesse to graunt Us Lisence that those which may dye of owr nation may be buryed in such place out of the cittye as wee shall thinck

in Religion and life cycles in early modern England
And other questions about gender, race, and the visibility of Protestant saints
Kathleen Lynch

of very many in our Nation, even in outward things, besides the hopes of their conversion; which time (it is hoped) is now at hand, even at the door. [This last was spoken of at a more private meeting]’. 33 Jessey may have fervently advocated for the return of the Jews, and his interests may have intersected at some points with those of Menasseh ben Israel, who petitioned

in Conversions
The theoretical origins of English colonialism
Rachel Winchcombe

’s Brave New World,” in The Wild Man Within: An Image in Western Thought from the Renaissance to Romanticism , eds. Edward Dudley and Maximillian E. Novak (Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1972) , 39–53. For studies on theories of American origins see Richard H. Popkin, “The Rise and Fall of the Jewish Indian Theory,” in Menasseh ben Israel and his World , eds. Henry Méchoulan and Richard H. Popkin (Leiden: Brill, 1989) , 63–82; Álvaro Félix Bolaños, “The Historian and the Hesperides: Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo and the Limitations of Imitation

in Encountering early America