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David Castelli

David Castelli (December 30, 1836, Leghorn, Tuscany – 1901, Florence) was an Italian scholar and educator in the field of secular Jewish studies. He was educated at the rabbinical college of Leghorn, and from 1857 to 1863 was teacher of Hebrew and Italian in the Jewish schools of that city. Then he became secretary of the Jewish congregation in Pisa, where at the same time he was a private teacher. From January 1876 until his death he occupied the chair of Hebrew at the Istituto di Studi Superiori Pratici e di Perfezionamento in Florence.

Of Castelli's numerous works and essays the following may be mentioned:

  • L'Ecclesiaste, Traduzione e Studio Critico, Pisa, 1866
  • Leggende Talmudiche, Traduzione con Prefazione Critica, Pisa, 1869
  • Il Messia Secondo gli Ebrei Florence, 1874
  • Il Diritto di Testare nella Legislazione Ebraica, Florence, 1878
  • Della Poesia Biblica, Florence, 1878
  • "Il Commento di Sabbatai Donnolo al Libro della Creazione, Testo Ebraico con Note Critiche e Introduzione in Ebraico e in Italiano", Florence, 1880, in Pubblicazioni del Regio Istituto di Studi Superiori
  • La Profezia nella Biblia, Florence, 1882
  • La Legge del Popolo Ebreo nel suo Storico Svolgimento, Florence, 1884
  • Storia degli Israeliti Secondo le Fonti Bibliche Criticamente Esposte, 2 vols., Milan, 1887–88
  • Il Cantico dei Cantici, Studio Esegetico, Traduzione e Note, Florence, 1892
  • Ammaestramenti del Vecchio e del Nuovo Testamento, Raccolti e Tradotti, Florence, 1896
  • Il Poema Semitico del Pessimismo (Il Libro di Job), Tradotto e Commentato, Florence, 1897
  • Gli Ebrei, Sunto di Storia Politica e Letteraria, Florence, 1899


  • (Italian) Facchini, C., David Castelli. Ebraismo e scienze delle religioni tra Otto e Novecento, Brescia: Morcelliana, 2005

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