Cultural Transition in Renaissance Italy: The Sermons of Judah ben Joseph Moscato

Judah ben Joseph Moscato (c.1530-1593) was one of the most distinguished rabbis, authors, and preachers of the Italian-Jewish Renaissance. The book Nefuzot Yehudah belongs to the very centre of his important oeuvre. Composed in Mantua and published in Venice in 1589, the collection of 52 sermons addresses the subject of Jewish festivals. Moscato's theological and philosophical positions stem from the rabbinic tradition, classic and contemporary authors, as well as from Neoplatonic and Kabbalistic teachings.

Our project will provide the edition of the original Hebrew text accompanied by an English translation and a commentary. So far three volumes have been published; the fourth and last is in preparation. In addition, a collected volume of essays has been published. The edition project is funded by resources from the German Research Foundation (DFG).


Judah Moscato. Sermons. Edition and translation. Vol. 1-3. Edited by Gianfranco Miletto and Giuseppe Veltri. Leiden/ Boston: Brill, 2011-2014.

Rabbi Judah Moscato and the Jewish Intellectual World of Mantua in the 16th-17th Centuries. Edited by Giuseppe Veltri and Gianfranco Miletto. Leiden/ Boston: Brill, 2012.