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mythological survivals, and its adoption of the Platonic idea
of primeval matter. The
Dialoghi
addresses itself to the universal
man of the Renaissance rather than to the Jew.
Leone Ebreo remains important, however, for the influence
he exerted upon the thinkers of the fifteenth and sixteenth
centuries and for the link he established between Judaism and
the literature of the Renaissance. Who can tell what mighty
chain might have been forged had that link not been severed
by the Reformation, which for a bloody century stilled the voice
of reason by the clash of militant faiths?