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Żydowskie obyczaje, anioły i życie pozagrobowe w pismach księdza Jana Bohomolca
Jewish Customs, Angels, and Afterlife in Father Jan Bohomolec’s Writing

Author(s): Paweł Fijałkowski
Subject(s): History, Jewish studies, Jewish Thought and Philosophy, History of Judaism
Published by: Żydowski Instytut Historyczny
Keywords: angels; Judaism; Catholicism; customs; death

Summary/Abstract: The Jesuit Jan Bohomolec, a mathematician and philosopher, parish priest in Skaryszew and Praga, studies various religions and philosophical spread the knowledge of them. Among Warsaw’s intellectuals of the latter half of the 18th century he was an example of a man who, while exposing superstitions and prejudice, at the same time awoke interest in other religions and may have been the first person to build bridges between various religions. His works also contain a few—but really interesting—observations about Judaism and its followers. They could be attesting to the fact that his knowledge of the subject was not based on literature alone. He must have known the Jewish community first hand and may have liaised with rabbis as well.

  • Issue Year: 257/2016
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 85-101
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Polish