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In the Bible, the eldest son of Joseph and the forebear of one of the tribes of Israel.


1. (Bible) the elder son of Joseph (Genesis 41:51)
2. (Bible) the Israelite tribe descended from him
3. (Bible) the territory of this tribe, in the upper Jordan valley
Douay spelling: Manases


(məˈnæs ə)

1. the first son of Joseph. Gen. 41:51.
2. one of the 12 tribes of Israel, traditionally descended from him. Gen. 48:14–19.
3. a king of Judah of the 7th century B.C. II Kings 21.
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Menasseh ben Israel, the 17th-century rabbi famous for being Spinoza's teacher, justified the executions as being a "necessary" response to the "insurmountable threat of the demonic pack of witches."
The earlier exhibition at the Meadows Museum included a Bible that Menasseh ben Israel, a Dutch rabbi whose father escaped persecution in Portugal and who may have been a close friend of Rembrandt's, translated from Hebrew to Castilian.
El propio Menasseh ben Israel viajo a Londres para predisponer a Olivier Cronwell a favor de los judios, argumentando que los acontecimientos profetizados como anuncios de la llegada del Mesias, habian ya ocurrido casi todos.
A sus casi cincuenta y cinco anos, se siente conmovido por las historias de Daniel, de Judith y de Elias Ambrosius, tres herejes que, como otros muchos seres disconformes mencionados en la novela (Baruch Spinoza, Menasseh Ben Israel o Rembrandt), decidieron ejercer su libertad de eleccion a pesar de las terribles consecuencias que ello pudiera traerles.
See "Menasseh Ben Israel and the 'Wandering Jew,"' Ars Judaica 2 (2006): 60.
The printing of Hebrew books in Amsterdam for Jews begins in 1627 with Menasseh Ben Israel, whose first title, a Sephardic rite prayer book, was completed on 1 January 1627.
In 1650, roughly one year before the date identified by Columbus as the culmination of history, Dutch-Jewish philosopher Menasseh ben Israel penned his own arguments asserting "that the first inhabitants of America were the Ten Tribes of the Israelites." And, like Columbus, Menasseh ben Israel wed the Indians' Jewish origins to the consummation of history, at which time these children of the Lost Tribes "shall return to their Land" of Israel and "be governed by one Prince, who is Messiah the Son of David." A la Columbus, he added: "no doubt that time is near." See Delno C.
The Hope of the Netherlands: Menasseh ben Israel and the Dutch Idea of America.
(17) Bernard Wasserstein, Isaiah Berlin, Isaac Deutscher, and Arthur Koestler: Their Jewish Wars (Amsterdam: Menasseh ben Israel Instituut Studies, no.
She waited till he was standing in prayer, and then said in a tone of wonder, 'Joseph is in Egypt/ There have been born on his knees/ Menasseh and Ephraim.' His heart failed, but when he finished his prayer, he saw the wagons: immediately the spirit of Jacob came back to life" (Midrash ha-Gadol on Gen.
He, however, said he does not mind changing the Nazi Swastika on the board in front of his store to a Hindu swastika," said Menasseh Solomon, secretary of the Magen Abraham Synagogue in Ahmedabad's Khamasa neighbourhood.
Director of the Menasseh ben Israel Institute for Jewish social and cultural studies in Amsterdam, Wertheim argues that Jews in Germany just after World War I longed for salvation, and to find it turned to their renegade ancestor Benedictus de Spinoza (1632-77).