Maimonides (Barnes & Noble Rediscovers Series)

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Originally published in German in 1935—the 800th anniversary of its subject’s birth—  Maimonides was Abraham Joshua Heschel’s first important work. In it, the author combines an account of the life of this most influential of Talmudic scholars and most celebrated of medieval Jewish philosophers with a subtle introduction to his writings and their place in the broader tradition of Jewish thought. Heschel’s insightful commentaries on two major works, Mishneh Torah and The Guide for the Perplexed, enable even ...

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Maimonides: A Biography

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Originally published in German in 1935—the 800th anniversary of its subject’s birth—  Maimonides was Abraham Joshua Heschel’s first important work. In it, the author combines an account of the life of this most influential of Talmudic scholars and most celebrated of medieval Jewish philosophers with a subtle introduction to his writings and their place in the broader tradition of Jewish thought. Heschel’s insightful commentaries on two major works, Mishneh Torah and The Guide for the Perplexed, enable even the nonspecialist reader to grasp the fundamentals of Maimonides’s theology and to understand why he was among the few specifically Jewish philosophers whose writings made a significant impact on the non-Jewish world.

      First translated into English in 1982, Maimonides remains—seventy-five years after its original publication—a fundamental work for understanding the greatest of Jewish thinkers. This is due in no small part to the exemplary clarity of Heschel’s exposition and the striking readability of his prose.    

Praise for Maimonides

“A very readable book, written in the author’s characteristically thoughtful style”

                                                                        —Sherwin Nuland

“It is almost seventy-five years old, and yet it still speaks clearly, cogently, and coherently.”                                                     —Stephen D. Benin, Shofar

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  • ISBN-13: 9781435106352
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 6/25/2009
  • Series: Barnes & Noble Rediscovers Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) was born in Warsaw, Poland. An ordained rabbi, he also obtained a doctorate from the University of Berlin in 1933. After teaching in Frankfurt and London, he arrived in America in 1940. From 1946 until his death, Heschel taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York City, where he became professor of Jewish ethics and mysticism. Among his best-known books are Man’s Quest for God, God in Search of Man, Man Is Not Alone, and The Prophets.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Excellent Biography, filled with aspects Malmonides writings

    The Biographer did an excellent job providing aspects of this man's life, thoughts, and a period in time in the Middle East (1120-1190), when Crusades influenced the local governments.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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