This was the home of world-famous philosopher Baruch Spinoza. He was a Dutch philosopher, mathematician, political thinker and lens grinder who lived during the Age of Enlightenment. He was of Jewish descent. His contemporaries described Spinoza as a gentle, calm and modest person. His books were banned in Europe for two hundred years because his historical Bible criticism would have led to atheism and fatalism. As a political thinker, his opinion was that the power of the state should never be entrusted to a single person because it would be abused. Spinoza was important because of his in-depth knowledge of Hebrew idioms.