Did the False Jewish Messiah Sabbatai Sevi Inspire John Milton’s ‘Paradise Regained’?

The new book ‘Fictions of Conversion’ explores how religious transformation influenced early modern England

Star Men

British writer Olaf Stapledon, author of the lost 1937 sci-fi masterpiece Star Maker, was perhaps Baruch Spinoza’s greatest 20th-century disciple

Sundown: Tearing Down the Bil’in Wall

Plus, Sharansky on Bonner, Bachman on Benedikt, and more

Makeover

A new Modigliani biography tries to undo the painter’s reputation for drunken excess and bolster his standing as a serious artist

Looking for Mokum

Part 1 of 3: Returning to Amsterdam, scene of my post-college-crisis memoir, Everything Is Going To Be Great, to explore its Jewish history

Whoppers

A former student remembers a seminar with Chaim Grade—and how it changed his life

‘The Leviathan,’ in Hebrew

Hobbes classic gets its first full Hebrew translation

Betraying Spinoza

The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity

Trailblazers

Were Marranos the first of the moderns?

Free Radical

Baruch Spinoza inspired Rebecca Goldstein. So why is she out to betray him?

Always Already

Haunted by ghosts, Jacques Derrida’s writings confounded the march of time

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