Jewish Intellectual History In The Middle Ages

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Volume three of this exciting series focuses on Jewish intellectual history in the Middle Ages. The editors and contributors have made available for the first time in English translation seminal articles culled from the wealth of scholarly studies written in Hebrew by experts of the past generation and current researchers breaking new ground in the field. The Binah series provides a valuable resource for teaching this rich period in Jewish civilization on the undergraduate level.

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JOSEPH DAN is Gershom Scholem Professor of Kabbalah at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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Table of Contents

1 Cultural and Religious Traditions in Ninth-Century French Jewry 1
2 Kabbalistic and Gnostic Dualism 19
3 The Beginning of Science Among the Jews of Spain 35
4 Political Philosophy and Halakhah in Maimonides 47
5 The "First Created Being" in Early Kabbalah: Philosophical and Isma'ilian Sources 65
6 A German-Jewish Autobiography of the Fourteenth Century 79
7 Rashi and the World Around Him 101
8 Menahem Meiri's Attitude Toward Gentiles - Apologetics or Worldview? 119
9 The Image of God as the Source of Man's Evil, According to the Maharal of Prague 135
10 Kabbalistic Ethical Literature in Sixteenth-Century Safed 159
11 The Influence of Spanish-Jewish Culture on the Jews of Ashkenaz and Poland in the Fifteenth-Seventeenth Centuries 179
About the Contributors 199
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