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Joshua Teplitsky

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780300234909

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300234909.001.0001

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Endorsing and Incriminating

Endorsing and Incriminating

Oppenheim and Approbata in the Court of Opinion and the Courts of Law

(p.162) Five Endorsing and Incriminating
Prince of the Press

Joshua Teplitsky

Yale University Press

This chapter details how David Oppenheim used the printed word to fashion a wider sense of credibility and to extend that credit of reputation to scholars of lesser rank. Because of his special relationship with the making of books, Oppenheim acted as a lynchpin in a system of literary promotion and the reception—both positively and critically—of books once they were released into circulation that was exemplary of rabbinic culture in the early modern period. Despite his reticence to publish his own writings, his approbata populated the pages of numerous books that entered the market during his lifetime. However, his approbata also provided others with evidence of misdoings, giving antagonists—Jewish and Christian alike—fodder for assaults against him. The spaces between endorsement and incrimination, between censorship and treason, and between hospitality and heresy reveal the thin boundaries between books as objects and the social worlds that created them.

Keywords:   David Oppenheim, printed word, credibility, literary promotion, rabbinic culture, approbata, books

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