Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy

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Sforno, R. Obadiah ben Jacob

Born: Cesena, c. 1470
Died: c. 1550
  • Marvin J. HellerEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02848-4_833-1


R. Obadiah ben Jacob Sforno is considered among the foremost Bible commentators. Author of several commentaries on the Bible and philosophic books, Sforno is best remembered for his Be’ur al ha-Torah, a commentary on the Torah (Pentateuch) and his most important work. The Be’ur has been reprinted numerous times and is included in every Mikraot Gedolot (Rabbinic Bible). The Or Ammim, a philosophic work, is in opposition to those tenets of Aristotelian philosophy in conflict with Jewish religion. Well trained in several fields, apart from his rabbinic learning, Sforno’s scholarship was recognized in both Jewish and non-Jewish circles.

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Primary Literature

  1. Gottlieb, Zev, ed. 1980. Be’ur al ha-Torah le Rabbi Obadiah Sforno, 10–23. Jerusalem: Hebrew.Google Scholar

Secondary Literature

  1. Margalioth, Mordechai, ed. 1986. Encyclopedia of great men in Israel, vol. IV, cols. 191–193. Tel Aviv: Hebrew.Google Scholar
  2. Zinberg, Israel. 1975. A history of Jewish literature. trans. Bernard Martin, vol. 14, 94–95. Ktav, New York.Google Scholar

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  1. 1.BrooklynUSA

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  • Vasileios Syros
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  1. 1.Finnish Center of Political Thought & Conceptual ChangeJYVÄSKYLÄN YLIOPISTOFinland