Rabbi Yitzchak Abarbanel was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1437. As a young man
he became minister of the Treasury to Alfonso, King of Portugal. On Alfonso's
death in 1481 he moved to Spain and was given the same position by Ferdinand,
King of Castile, and held it until the exile of the Jews from Spain in 1492.
He then went to Italy, where he died in 1508. He is famous for his Bible
commentaries (on Torah and Neviim), but he also wrote books about the
redemption and the Messiah, the principles of the Jewish religion, philosophy,
a commentary on Maimonides' Guide for the Perplexed, and other books that
have not yet been published.
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