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NissimGerondito R. IsaacAbravanel," and Society in Medieval Jewry: Studies Dedicated to the Memory of Haim Hillel Ben-Sasson (Hebrew)(Jerusalem,1989), pp. 469-491; AvrahamMelamed,"Aristotle'sPolitics";idem, "Jethro'sAdvice";idem, "TheAttitudeTowardDemocracyin MedievalJewishPhilosophy," and Community, in Frank,Commandment pp. 173-194; and Amos Funkenstein,"TheImage of the Rulerin Jewish Sources,"in his Perceptionsof Jewish History(Berkeley,1993), pp. 155-168. 6. , 1986), pp. 343-348. OFREPUBLICANISM ANDTHERHETORIC HEBREWS BIBLICAL 203 howeverqualified, tradition;andsecond,in his suggestinga correspondence, between the governmentof the biblical Hebrewsand the governmentsof contemporaryrepublicancity-states.

106. Pines, pp. 363-66. For a survey of treatmentsof this questionand cognate ones profferedby Maimonidesandhis followers,see ShaulRegev,"Hitgalutqoleqtivitu-ma'amad har sinai 'esel ha-Rambam u-mefareshav," Mehqerei yerushalayim be-mahashevet yisra 'el 4 (1985): 251-65. 107. Abarbanel'sargumentis clarifiedat its deepesttheoreticallevel throughreferenceto the discussion in Leo Strauss, Natural Right and History (Chicago, 1950), pp. 83-84. Finally, 'Ateret zeqenimevinces Abarbanel'sfamiliarityat the earlieststage of his literary careerwitha vastpanoplyof exegetical,theological,andphilosophiccurrents, Jewishandnon-Jewish,ancientandmodem,andhis tendencyto bringthem to bearon one another.

101. Moreh nevukhim, p. 22v. 'Thiscorrespondsto its [Scripture's] wash their garments'[Exod. 19:10]. 'This correspondsto its [Scripture's]dictum,'come not neara woman'[Exod. "'103 To Abarbanel,the importof Narboni'sand Duran'sinterpretations was clear:"NarboniandEfodi [Duran]... " He spells out this view's graveimplications,thenthundersagainstthem: I am utterlyamazedthat a Jew shouldsay that the vision of our forefathers at Sinaiwas an intellectualapprehensionandnot a [prophetic]vision of God! "Writingin his Commentary on Exodus some three and half decades later,Abarbanelformulatedhis objectionthis 102.

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