Maimonides (Barnes & Noble Rediscovers Series)

Maimonides (Barnes & Noble Rediscovers Series)

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by Abraham Joshua Heschel
     
 

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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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781435106352
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
06/25/2009
Series:
Barnes & Noble Rediscovers Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

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