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Oxford Jewish Thought

Lectures, essays, questions & articles

by Rabbi Eli Brackman

The Nakdan of Oxford & the limit of sovereign power in medieval England

Two great Jewish scholars lived in 13th century Oxford: Rabbi Moses of London (d. 1268) and Rabbi Berachya ben Natronai Ha-Nakdan. They were both famed for their contribution to the cantellation of the Hebrew Scripture and would have likely been of great value to the fledgling university in Oxford that was already a seat of theological study since 1096, even though the first formal college - Merton College - only opened in 1265.

 

Moses of Oxonfort

 

Rabbi Moses of London was born and raised in Oxford. He was thus formerly known as Moses of Oxenfort (Oxford), and was son of Rabbi Yomtov, who had a house in the Jewry together with his grandfather Moses of Bristol, who came to Oxford at the turn of the century. Moses of… Read More »

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