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  Uriel da Costa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Uriel da Costa believed that this was not an idea deeply rooted in biblical Judaism, but rather had been formulated primarily by the Rabbis.
Uriel was called before the rabbinic leadership of Amsterdam for uttering blasphemous views against Judaism and Christianity.
Uriel da Costa is also indicative of the difficulty that many Marranos faced upon their arrival in an organized Jewish community.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Uriel_Acosta   (1104 words)

 Uriel da Costa
Gabriel da Costa, as he was originally known, was born into an aristocratic family of New Christians in the northern Portuguese city of Porto in the early 1580s.
It was in Amsterdam that Uriel da Costa's nightmare began.
Uriel da Costa is sometimes viewed as a hero in the fight against religious intolerance.
www.saudades.org /uriel.html   (1264 words)

 Costa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Costa di Mezzate, in the province of Bergamo
Costa Valle Imagna, in the province of Bergamo
Costa, a parish in the district of Guimarães
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Costa   (303 words)

 Commentary Magazine - Ben Emunah li-Khefirah ["Between Faith and Heresy"], by Ephraim Shemueli   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Shemueli's account of the 17th-century controversy between Leon da Modena and Uriel da Costa constitutes the major part of what is a fascinating and important study in faith and heresy--a subject that has gone quite out of fashion in our era of "dogma-less" Judaism.
...Uriel da Costa, Modena's putative antagonist, was the son of a Marrano family and grew up as a devout Catholic...
...Da Costa had none of Modena's timidity in the face of public opinion, and when he fell into doubt about the validity of Christianity, he finally decided to return to the Judaism of his ancestors...
www.commentarymagazine.com /Summaries/V36I2P88-1.htm   (1530 words)

 A Source for A.M. Klein's "Out of the Pulver and the Polished Lens"
Uriel da Costa represents the pathetic self-divided minority who are repelled by the values of their society, which heartily despises them in turn, but are unable to create new values themselves, and are tortured by a desire for acceptance.
The humiliation and excommunication (circa 1640) of the indecisive martyr Uriel da Costa when he ventured to entertain doctrines that were not orthodox, were prompted as much by political as by religious considerations.
Their experience with Uriel da Costa was still very fresh in their minds and they must have felt fairly confident that Spinoza would be warned by the fate of his heretical predecessor.
www.uwo.ca /english/canadianpoetry/cpjrn/vol12/pollock.htm   (2230 words)

 AllRefer.com - Uriel Acosta (Philosophy, Biography) - Encyclopedia
Uriel Acosta[OOr´yel AkO´stA] Pronunciation Key, or Uriel da Costa[dA kO´stA] Pronunciation Key, c.1585–1640, Jewish rationalist, b.
His original name was Gabriel da Costa, and his family had been converted to Roman Catholicism.
When he reached manhood, he was restive in the Christian faith and persuaded his family to move to Amsterdam, where all of them returned to Judaism.
reference.allrefer.com /encyclopedia/A/Acosta-U.html   (226 words)

 Acosta Uriel: Free Encyclopedia Articles at Questia.com Online Library
Uriel Acosta had himself been a Marrano in Portugal...finally committed suicide.
During a chat about the Jewish mystics, especially about one Uriel Acosta who was a heretic and died a most gory death, a rich American lady, a friend of a certain great age, entered the restaurant...
ACOSTA, URIEL oor yel, or Uriel da Costa da ko sta, c.1585 1640, Jewish rationalist...Human Life, 1695).
www.questia.com /library/encyclopedia/acosta-uriel.jsp?l=A&p=1   (920 words)

 Spinoza & Other Heretics
Da Costa, a contemporary of Spinoza, had been excommunicated from Judaism in 1618 for denying the immortality of the soul and retribution in the "World to Come".
Da Costa was a native of Amsterdam, and like Spinoza, had come of a "Marrano" family.
Among these was the Da Costa family, who had raised Uriel as a Catholic.
www.jbuff.com /c020101.htm   (829 words)

 Waltzing Porcupines
Da Costa was a New Christian from Porto, Portugal, a former student of canon law at the University of Coimbra.
Da Costa tried to recover the core by renouncing his Judaism so as to become a New Christian Jew.
But the tragic story of Uriel Da Costa, together the uncommon sense presented in the body of this essay, suggests that people cannot, by mere decision, reject their past experiences and set their previous life aside.
waltzingporcupines.net /waltz7.htm   (6013 words)

 Faculty and Staff   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
In the early 1990s, Salomon published an analysis of da Costa's Examination of Pharisaic Traditions Compared to Scripture, which made the claim that Rabbinic Judaism had falsified the Bible by creating non-literal interpretations, including the Judeo- Christian belief in the immortality of the soul.
Da Costa's writings served as forerunner to those of future Jewish heretic Benedict de Spinoza.
Da Costa and his work were denounced in his native Amsterdam when the work was published in 1624.
www.albany.edu /updates/1997/4-30/faculty_and_staff.html   (435 words)

 Commentary Magazine - Jewish Dreams   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
...Uriel da Costa plays here much the same role for which he was cast by the father of the Yiddish stage, Abraham Goldfaden, who presented him as a martyr in the cause of religious freedom...
...But the habits of resistance and philosophic inquiry have become ingrained, and soon da Costa's questioning of the immortality of the soul brings him into conflict with the Jewish religious establishment, just as his earlier opposition to Catholicism had forced him from among the Christians...
...Burnshaw's da Costa is sufficiently prudent and concerned with the political status of the Jews in Holland to try to stay within acceptable communal bounds, but he is nevertheless framed as a traitor and made to undergo a hideous ceremony of public atonement which drives him to suicide...
www.commentarymagazine.com /Summaries/V73I3P47-1.htm   (2868 words)

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Da Costa returned to the attack in 1624 with his Test of the Pharisaical Tradition by Comparing it with the Written Law.
The Talmudists of Amsterdam, where da Costa then was, denounced him to the Dutch courts on the ground that his treatise was subversive of the Christian faith, and it was burned at the order of these Gentile authorities, who thus carried out the Talmudic Law!
Da Costa was literally hounded to death and in 1640 shot himself.
www.solargeneral.com /coz/TheMessianicLonging.htm   (2761 words)

 Welcome to the Jewish Independent   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Uriel's Legacy is a less polished work than Moses, with a self-published look and feel to it, but Van der Veen's story is incredible.
Uriel was born in Portugal to parents who had been forced to convert to Christianity.
Uriel is eventually excommunicated but his Judaism does not die.
www.jewishbulletin.ca /Archives/Sept03/archives03Sept26-15.html   (529 words)

 Extraordinary Online Bulletin 3   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
"Da Costa became a hero of the fight against religious intolerance, and a precursor of modern Bible criticism and naturalistic thought".
Elias Alexandre e Silva, or Elias Alexandre da Silva Correa, was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1753 and began a military career in Santa Catarina.
Saraiva and Lopes, História da literatura portuguesa (1972), pp.
www.livroraro.com /eob3/eob3pt1.htm   (7255 words)

 Chapter 1 of Abraham Cardozo — A Book by David Halperin
I was born in Portugal [Da Costa tells us] in a city of the same name but commonly called Oporto.
A generation earlier the Da Costas had escaped Portugal for Amsterdam, which was the freest place for a Jew in the seventeenth-century world.
But — as former Marranos like Da Costa were often appalled to learn — seventeenth-century Judaism was heir also to a complex and ramified system of religious literature, thought, and practice that had grown far beyond its Biblical roots.
www.pathsinjudaism.com /cardozo/cardozo_chap01.htm   (3484 words)

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An fascinating case of the process of resettlement first as Christians then as Jews is the case of a crypto-Jewish woman who led her family, controlling vast fortunes and commercial networks, across Europe.
Illustrating the inability of crypto-Jews to make the transition to the Jewish community, this woman, likely the same woman who had earlier risked her life to educate her family Jewishly and to lead them out of Portugal, was now being denied a Jewish burial because of her heretical influence on her son.
It was not he who was born in Portugal, but his father, who died in 1654, after which, like da Costa, Spinoza, who had received a traditional rabbinic Jewish education from the likes of rabbis such as Menasseh ben Israel, became involved in dissent movements in the Jewish community which led to his excommunication (57/50).
www.jafi.org.il /education/juice/history/2.html   (3649 words)

 Oxford Scholarship Online: Spinoza's Heresy
Discusses the context in seventeenth-century Jewish Amsterdam for Spinoza's ban and the ways in which the issue of immortality was central to the concerns of the community's rabbis and leaders in that period.
Uriel da Costa's heretical views on immortality are examined, as are the particular views of the rabbis.
Argues that, even at the time of Spinoza's ban, many years after the Da Costa episode, it was an important question to Amsterdam's Jews.
www.oxfordscholarship.com /oso/public/content/philosophy/0199247072/acprof-0199247072-chapter-7.html   (123 words)

 Talk:Uriel da Costa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
He signed his own name as "daCosta" (we have a sample from a synagogue register.) The Costa part is the main part, since it means "coast" in Portuguese.
Thus the confusion about da, d', and a.
Israil Bercovici, in a footnote about Gutzkow's play about Uriel Acosta says 1590.
www.wikipedia.org /wiki/Talk:Uriel_Acosta   (282 words)

 Barnes & Noble.com - Examination of Pharisaic Traditions: Supplemented by Semuel Da Silva's Treatise on ...
Da Costa's book rejects the divine origin of the rabbinic tradition, finding Pharisaism irreconcilable with the religion of the Pentateuch, particularly as regards the belief in an afterlife for individual human beings.
Included is an annotated translation of the contemporaneous Semuel da Silva's refutation of da Costa, Treatise on the Immortality of the Soul (Tratado da Immortalidade da Alma.
The introduction, by translators H.P. Salomon and I.S.D. Sassoon, partially reconstructs da Costa's life on the basis of documents; analyzes the relationship between da Costa, da Silva, and Leon Modena, the Venetian rabbi; and places the main topic of both books in historical perspective.
search.barnesandnoble.com /booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?userid=PtV42QPcKf7A&isbn=9004099239&itm=3   (264 words)

 Commentary Magazine - Letters   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
...Any similarity between my treatment of Uriel da Costa and that of Abraham Goldfaden lies past my power of ex- plaining: of all the numerous scholars who offered me their guidance-from Salo Baron to Rena and Henry Fuks of Amsterdam-none so much as mentioned the playwright's name...
...He is not a historical figure as was Moses or Uriel da Costa, to whom the other two sections of the book are devoted, nor did I make him one...
...My main historical sources were Uriel's autobiography (London, 1740), Carl Gebhardt's Die Schrif- ten des Uriel da Costa, scholarly journals in French and English, and the records of the city of Amsterdam...
www.commentarymagazine.com /Summaries/V73I6P6-1.htm   (8476 words)

 The Virtual Jewish History Tour - Netherlands
Philosopher Baruch Spinoza, who made important contributions to the Netherlands' culture and scholarship, was excommunicated by all of the leaders of the Amsterdam communities.
Uriel da Costa, another famous heretic of the era, was banned as well.
On a smaller scale, in 1618, the Sephardi community split over how liberal their community should be, and a group of strictly Orthodox Jews left the kehilla to begin their own.
www.us-israel.org /jsource/vjw/netherlands.html   (3159 words)

Costa del Sol (Spanish, English: ''Sun Coast''), in the province of Málaga (Málaga)
Isaäc da Costa(Isaac da Costa), Portuguese Jewish writer
Sir Michael Andrew Agnus Costa, Italian composer, conductor
www.agseinc.com /costa   (180 words)

Rabbi Abrami's first example of such an individual was Uriel da Costa, born in Oporto in 1585 and raised Catholic, although later he converted to Judaism.
Although he was influenced by the teachings of Maimonides and Rabbi Ibn Ezra, he also favored the Enlightenment philosophers, so was also eventually excommunicated and declared "persona non grata," notably for his espousal of the philosophies of Rene Descartes.
The speaker then discussed the "amazing"  Felipe da Luna Montalto, a Portuguese New Christian who returned to Judaism and was able to live openly as a Jew as personal physician to María de Medici, Queen of France and wife of Henri IV.
www.cryptojews.com /REVIEW_Pueblo2001.htm   (2254 words)

 uriel - OneLook Dictionary Search
Uriel : The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language [home, info]
Uriel, Uriel : Smith's Bible Dictionary [home, info]
Phrases that include uriel: uriel acosta, uriel da costa, da costa uriel, uriel crocker
www.onelook.com /?w=uriel&ls=a   (123 words)

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The Da Costas were of that class of immigrant who made the trip to Brazil in order to escape something in the old
That brother was Gabriel da Costa, born in Oporto, Portugal in 1585.
Aboab da Fonseca's sermons were so moving that he is credited with inspiring the building of the magnificent Sephardic synagogue in Amsterdam.
www.sefarad.org /publication/lm/010/bresil.html   (3483 words)

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