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Resnick, Irven M.

Works: 66 works in 196 publications in 2 languages and 11,105 library holdings
Genres: Controversial literature  Sources  Records and correspondence  Bibliography  Spurious and doubtful works  History 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Other, wpr, Author of introduction
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Most widely held works by Irven M Resnick
Dialogue against the Jews by Petrus Alfonsi( )

7 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,787 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Petrus Alfonsi's Dialogue Against the Jews (ca. 1109) breaks new ground in the history of Christian anti-Jewish polemics. As a recent convert from Judaism, Alfonsi introduced an intimate knowledge of Jewish literature and contemporary practice absent from earlier Christian sources. This knowledge enabled him to attack for the first time the Talmud (or, more broadly, post-biblical Jewish literature) as a source of Jewish error, with arguments drawn from philosophy and theology, astronomy, medicine, and physics. Equally important, Alfonsi's Dialogue contains an extensive anti-Muslim polemic to explain not only why he abandoned Judaism but also why he rejected Islam and chose the Christian faith." "Never before translated into English, this work presents to the reader perhaps the most important source for an intensifying medieval Christian-Jewish debate."--Jacket
Questions concerning Aristotle's On animals by Albertus( )

11 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,742 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This text, the Questions concerning Aristotle's On Animals [Quaestiones super de animalibus], recovered only at the beginning of the twentieth century and never before translated in its entirety, represents Conrad of Austria's report on a series of disputed questions that Albert the Great addressed in Cologne ca. 1258. The Questions, in nineteen books, mixes two distinct genres: the scholastic quaestio, with arguments pro et contra, a determination, and answers to the objections; and the straightforward question-and-response found, for example, in The Prose Salernitan Questions." "Here, even more dearly perhaps than in his slightly later and much larger paraphrastic commentary On Animals [De animalibus], Albert adduces his own views - often criticizing other medieval physicians and natural philosophers - on comparative anatomy, human physiology, sexuality, procreation, and embryology. This translation, based on the critical edition that appeared in the Cologne edition of Albert's work, helps to explain the title "patron saint of scientists" bestowed upon Albert by Pope Pius XII." "This work should find its audience among medievalists and historians of science and culture. More so than the massive On Animals, it should prove useful in the classroom as an encyclopedia or handbook of medieval life."--Jacket
Marks of distinction : Christian perceptions of Jews in the high Middle Ages by Irven M Resnick( )

10 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1,534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For medieval Latin Christendom, texts such as the Bible and the writings of the Fathers of the Church gave form to Christian perceptions of Jews and Judaism. Eye-witness testimony, hearsay, reports of converts from Judaism, and the testimony of dreams, visions, and miraculous events helped fill in the details. The author explores the additional support drawn from medieval science by studying long-held medieval scientific theories that predisposed Jews to certain types of offensive behavior or even to communicate certain illnesses and disease. By arguing for a Jewish "nature" dictated by specific physical characteristics, medieval scientific authorities contributed to growing fears of a Jewish threat. Externally, these differences were evidenced by marks that physically distinguished Jews, for example circumcision. Internally, their melancholy humoral complexion, further weakened by the Jews' dietary restrictions, was thought to dictate their temperament and sexual mores, and to incline them toward leprosy, bleeding hemorrhoids, and other infirmities. These differences were viewed by some as ineradicable, even following religious conversion; or, at best, erasable with only the greatest difficulty over several generations
Letters 121-150 by Pierre Damien( )

5 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peter the Venerable against the inveterate obduracy of the Jews by Peter( )

14 editions published between 1900 and 2013 in English and held by 890 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A critical edition of the Latin anti-Jewish work by Peter the Venerable, abbot of Cluny (1122-1156). In the English introduction (lxxv pp.), Friedman mentions that Peter was the first Christian born within the Christian faith to try to refute the Talmud. He hoped to convert dissenters and prevent the confusion among Christians. He described the Jews as inhuman, monstrous, and satanic. Describes the four extant mss. and analyzes Peter's sources (Christian and Jewish) and style, and the date and structure of the work. Concludes that the main body of the work "Contra Judeos" was most probably written in 1144, on the eve of the Second Crusade
A companion to Albert the Great : theology, philosophy, and the sciences by Irven Resnick( )

9 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 803 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contributions to this omnibus volume from twenty-seven internationally renowned scholars will introduce students of philosophy, science, and theology to the current state of research and multiple perspectives on the work of Albert the Great
On original sin ; and, A disputation with the Jew, Leo, concerning the Advent of Christ, the Son of God : two theological treatises by Odo( )

10 editions published between 1994 and 2017 in English and held by 619 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To his contemporaries, Odo of Tournai--master of the cathedral school of Tournai, first abbot of the restored monastery of St. Martin of Tournai, and, later, Bishop of Cambrai--was one of the most illustrious teachers and philosophers in Christendom. Yet only one of his works, a treatise on the Mass, has heretofore been translated into English. Irven M. Resnick here provides the first English-language translation of two of Odo's other works. The first, On Original Sin, is at once an exposition of Christian doctrine and a philosophical investigation into the origin of the soul, the character of the sin that all human beings inherit from Adam, and the relationship of the individual to the species. The second translated text, A Disputation with the Jew, Leo, Concerning the Advent of Christ, the Son of God, continues the discussion, in dialogue form, of original sin and its effects
Writings against the Saracens by Pierre( )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 570 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert of Arbrissel (d. 1117) once named Cluny among the chief holy places of Christendom--just after Bethlehem, Jerusalem, and Rome. When Peter the Venerable (d. 1156) became the ninth abbot of Cluny in 1122, Cluny had thousands of monks in the mother abbey and her daughter cells, along with hundreds of affiliated houses and dependencies in England, Germany, Spain, Italy and the Holy Land. As a fierce advocate for Cluny against its detractors (which included the redoubtable Bernard of Clairvaux), Peter defended his Order at the same time that he reformed its customs. Peter the Venerable's extensive literary legacy includes poems, a large epistolary collection, and polemical treatises. The first of his four major polemics targeted a Christian heresy, the Petrobrussians (Against the Petrobrusians); the rest took aim at Jews and Saracens. Catholic University of America Press has published his Against the Inveterate Obduracy of the Jews. This present volume will make available in their entirety Peter the Venerable's twin polemics against Islam--A Summary of the entire heresy of the Saracens and Against the sect of the Saracens--as well as related correspondence. These works resulted from a sustained engagement with Islam begun during Peter's journey to Spain in 1142-43. There the abbot commissioned a translation of sources from the Arabic, the so-called Toledan Collection, that include the Letter of a Saracen with a Christian Response (from the Apology of [Ps.] Al-Kindi); Fables of the Saracens (a potpourri of Islamic hadith traditions); and Robert of Ketton's first Latin translation of the whole of the Qur'an. Thanks to Peter's efforts, from the second half of the twelfth century Christians could acquire a far better understanding of the teachings of Islam, and Peter may rightly be viewed as the initiator of Islamic studies in the West. --
Letters by Peter Damian( Book )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 467 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the Causes of the Properties of the Elements : Albert the Great by Albertus( )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the causes of the properties of the elements. Albertus. Trans. by Irven M. Resnick. (Mediaeval philosophical texts in translation; no. 46)Resnick (Judaic studies, U. of Tennessee-Chattanooga) has translated several works by Saint Albertus Magnus (1193?-1280), and here presents Liber de causis proprietatum elementorum, a commentary on a work in Arabic that was mistakenly attributed to Aristotle during his time. He probably wrote it, says Resnick, in Cologne, where he had been sent by his Dominican order along with his student Thomas Aquinas. (Annotation ©2010 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)
On animals : a medieval summa zoologica by Albertus( Book )

15 editions published between 1998 and 2018 in English and Italian and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"English translation and annotation of Albertus Magnus's mid-thirteenth-century study of animals, De animalibus"--
On the causes of the properties of the elements = (Liber de causis proprietatum elementorum) by Albertus( Book )

10 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Albert the Great's On the Causes of the Properties of the Elements investigates such diverse natural events as the formation of volcanoes, thermal springs, and mountains among the earth's topographical features. It examines the moon's influence on ocean tides and the astronomical events responsible for the biblical Noahide flood and for the regular flooding of the Nile. Albert explores the basic building blocks of the physical world, i.e., the four elements of the earth, air, fire and water - and their mixtures that form the mineral, plant, and animal kingdoms. He studies the postion of the earth, which he proves to be round, at the center of a planetary system that extends beyond the seven planets known to medieval astronomers to reach the outermost place of the universe occupied by a Prime Mover."--Publisher's description
Divine power and possibility in St. Peter Damian's De divina omnipotentia by Irven Michael Resnick( Book )

6 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contemporary critics have argued that medieval philosophers have transmitted a concept of divine omnipotence that is unintelligible and self-contradictory: one which defines omnipotence as a power capable of producing any effect whatsoever. This study, concentrating upon the first Latin treatise explicitly devoted to omnipotence, places the concept of divine power in its patristic and early medieval context in order to demonstrate that this 'traditional' concept of omnipotence was quite unknown among pre-scholastic figures. This work illuminates the patristic and early medieval background to Damian's seminal text and its theological and philosophical concerns. It explores Damian's central argument that God can, if he wills, even annul the past. This conclusion stems from Damian's insistence that divinity's primary attribute is Goodness and not Being. As such, God's power remains constrained only by divine goodness and is able to do anything whatsoever, even effect a logical contradiction, if it is good to do so. Of special interest to medievalists and historians of philosophy, this work may also make a contribution to contemporary debate
Albert the Great : a selectively annotated bibliography (1900-2000) by Irven Michael Resnick( Book )

7 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peter Damian : letters by Peter Damian( )

11 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On roots of the myth of Jewish male menses in Jacques de Vitry's History of Jerusalem by Irven Michael Resnick( Book )

2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the attempt by Christians to find a "motive" for alleged Jewish ritual murders of Christians from the 12th century, when there were more Christian polemical treatises against Jews than in all previous centuries. The search for an explanation of ritual murder led to a fusion of theological and natural scientific notions. Jewish males were believed to have a flux of blood via hemorrhoids, both due to theological considerations (see Mathew 27:25, "His blood is on us and on our children, " and interpretations of Samuel 5:6-12 and Ps. 77:66) and contemporary medical ideas (that a defective diet and life-style, including melancholy, fear, and idleness, caused bleeding). These were combined in de Vitry's "History of Jerusalem" (ca. 1221), which was apparently the first literary source to state that, like women, Jewish men had monthly flows of blood. The conclusion drawn by Christians was that Jews believed that this ill and others could be cured by using Christian blood, rather than by conversion to Christianity where they might be saved by the blood of Christ. This "explanation" of the Jews' alleged need for Christian blood was actually cited at trials for ritual murder
Dialogue against the Jews by Petrus( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Divine power and possibility in St. Peter Damian's De divina omnipotentia by Irven Michael Resnick( Book )

2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Letters : 151-180 by Pierre Damien( Book )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume concludes the series of Peter Damian's Letters in English translation. Among Letters 151-180 readers will find some of Damian's most passionate exhortations on behalf of eremitic ideals. These include Letter 152, in which Damian defends as consistent with the spirit and the letter of Benedict's Rule his practice of receiving into the eremitic life monks who had abandoned their cenobitic communities. In Letter 153 Damian encourages monks at Pomposa to pass beyond the minimum standards established in the Rule of St. Benedict for the higher and more demanding eremitic vocation. In Letter 165, addressed to a hermit, Albizo, and a monk, Peter, Damian reveals as well the importance of monastic life to the world: because the integrity of the monastic profession has weakened, the world has fallen even deeper into an abyss of sin and corruption and is rushing headlong to destruction. Let monks and hermits take refuge within the walls of the monastery, he urges, while outside the advent of Antichrist seems imminent. Only from within their walls can they project proper examples of piety and sanctity that may transform the world as a whole." "Damian was equally concerned to address the moral condition of the larger Church. Letter 162 represents the last of Damian's four tracts condemning clerical marriage (Nicolaitism). Damian's condemnation of Nicolaitism also informed his rejection of Cadalus, the antipope Honorius II (see Letters 154 and 156), who was said to support clerical marriage, thereby casting Damian into the center of a storm of ecclesiastical (and imperial) politics from which he never completely extricated himself."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
The letters of Peter Damian, 121-150 by Peter Damian( Book )

2 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Letters 121-150 Letters The letters of Peter Damian, 121-150
Questions concerning Aristotle's On animalsLetters 121-150On original sin ; and, A disputation with the Jew, Leo, concerning the Advent of Christ, the Son of God : two theological treatisesLettersOn animals : a medieval summa zoologicaOn the causes of the properties of the elements = (Liber de causis proprietatum elementorum)Divine power and possibility in St. Peter Damian's De divina omnipotentiaAlbert the Great : a selectively annotated bibliography (1900-2000)
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Resnick, Irven.

Resnick, Irven M.

Resnick, Irven M. (Irven Michael)

Resnick, Irven Michael

Resnick, Irven Michael 1952-

Rezniḳ, Irṿen

Rezniḳ, Irṿen 1952-

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