Wednesday, November 26, 2014

History: The Year is 1475

I've uploaded year 1475 to the TSP Wiki...

Here are some one liners...

Hebrew in Print -- Abraham Garton will set Hebrew in print. The first will be a book of biblical commentary by a rabbi best known as Rashi. Garton will use a special typeface that is so distinctive that it will forever thereafter be known as Rashi script even though Rashi has been dead for over 350 years.

Balboa is Born... not Rocky... the OTHER Balboa -- This fellow will grow up to discover the Pacific Ocean. Unfortunately for him, there is no money in discovering large bodies of water.

Michelangelo is Born... not the Turtle... the Artist -- Apparently Michelangelo was born with a chisel in his hand, but he will grow up to become one of the greatest of the Renaissance artists.

Hebrew in Print

Any study of the first five books of the Bible should include the commentary of Rabbi Sholmo Yitzchaki [shih-LOW-moe yitz-HAH-key (close enough)], more popularly known as Rashi [RAH-shee]. His commentary is concise, and enlightening. He died in 1105 but his commentary lives on, at first copied by hand. Now it will appear in print, the first book to be printed in Hebrew using the new printing press. Abraham Garton will use a new typeface for Rashi's commentary to distinguish it from the biblical text. The new typeface will be known thereafter as Rashi Script even though Rashi had nothing to do with it. It remains in print to this day.[1] [2] [3]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
A large part of the Jewish world thinks that Rashi is the greatest thing since sliced bread. I'm not one of them. Thus I was never that interested in learning how to read Rashi script. I'm a fan of Ramban [rahm-bahn] (also known as Nahmanides [nahk-MAHN-ih-deez]). His five volume set of commentary sits on the bookshelf behind me. It was written some time in the 1200s. From my point of view Ramban takes a more logical approach to the biblical texts. (I could say more but then it gets into issues too technical to handle in a sentence or two, so I'll leave it there.)[4]

Balboa is Born... not Rocky... the OTHER Balboa

The man who will discover the Pacific Ocean is born this year in Spain near the border of Portugal. His name is Vasco Núñez de Balboa. In the modern day he will become so popular it seems that his name is placed on just about everything from high schools, parks, cities and a really, really expensive island in Newport Beach, California. He is no relation to Rocky Balboa, though. [5] [6] [7]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
Balboa was the biggest loser of the New World. It seemed that no matter what he did, he was always one step ahead of his creditors. Eventually, they will catch up with him... resulting in his beheading in 1517. Apparently there was no money in discovering large bodies of water.

Michelangelo is Born... not the Turtle... the Artist

Michelangelo is born in the town of Caprese. Shortly thereafter his father, a judicial administrator, will move the family to Florence. When Michelangelo's mother becomes ill, he will live with a stone-cutter's family. Michelangelo is quoted as saying: "Giorgio, if I have anything of genius, it came to me from being born in the subtle air of your country of Arezzo, while from my nurse I got the chisel and hammer with which I make my figures." He will show an early talent and by the age of 14, Michelangelo will amaze people with his drawings. Along with Leonardo Da Vinci, he will be considered one the the greatest of the Renaissance artists. [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
Michelangelo is best known for his statue of David, and the painting of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Oddly enough he wasn't supposed to paint the ceiling. He was actually commissioned to produce a statue in the likeness of the Pope but that deal fell through so he was given the job of painting the ceiling.

This Year in Wikipedia

Year 1475, Wikipedia.

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