Oded Cohen

Oded Cohen

Historien au Haifa Center for Mediterranean History - Université d'Haifa - Israël

Chercheur invité au TDMAM - UMR 7297

Dr. Cohen, completed B.A and M.A in history at Tel Aviv University. The Ph.D dissertation, written under the supervision of Prof. Elchanan Reiner at The Chaim Rosenberg School of Jewish Studies at Tel Aviv University, examined the cultural spaces of the 18th century emissary Rabbi, Chaim Yosef David Azulai (HIDA).

Rabbinic Emissaries and Wanderers as Transmitters of Knowledge in the Early Modern Mediterranean Basin

Phenomena and processes which reached fruition in the early Modern period, as significant demographic changes and the spread of information through print, led to the movement and transmission of knowledge and mentalities between cultural spheres in the Mediterranean Jewish world. In my current research I attempt to examine the place and influence of those who left the land of Israel and those who came to it, those travelling the expanse of the Mediterranean Basin and those leaving it for other geographical and cultural spheres, in the changing Jewish cultural world and with the transmission of knowledge and culture between spheres. Such travelers included rabbinic emissaries, vagabonds, immigrants, pilgrims, book printers and opportunists – the agents of this spreading knowledge. Research of their writings and research of the writings describing them, as well as the reception of the knowledge they gained during their travels and brought in their sacks, can teach us about their role as agents of knowledge and culture and about the influence of a multi-sphere encounter on different Jewish communities in the Mediterranean in the early modern period.