Monday, July 20, 2009

Ramchal in contemporary Latin literature

I think this is interesting, simply because it is a contemporary notice of 26 year old R. Moshe Chaim Luzzatto. This is from the 4th volume of Wolff's Bibliotheca Hebraea (1733). Wolff was personally friendly with one of Ramchal's greatest persecutors, R. Moshe Chagiz (see here, who received what was probably the longest entry for a contemporary rabbi -- five pages in volume three -- and two more in volume four.

As you can see, nothing controversial made Wolff's radar; or he simply chose not to mention it. The only thing noted is what was then his only published work, לשון למודים. However, note the absence of the "ר'" before his name, something which is not at all common in his gigantic volumes.

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