Medieval Jewish Philosophy: An Introduction

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Beginning with the earliest philosopher of the Middle Ages, Saadiah ben Joseph al-Fayyumi, this work surveys the writings of such figures as Solomon ben Joseph ibn Gabirol, Bahya ben Joseph ibn Pakuda, Abraham ben david Halevi ibn Daud, Judah Halevi, Moses Maimonides, Gersonides, Hasdai Crescas, Simon ben Zemah Duran, Joseph Albo, Isaac Arama, and Isaac Abrabanel. Throughout an attempt is made to place these thinkers in an historical context and describe their contributions to the history of Jewish medieval thought in simple and lucid terms. The book is directed to students enrolled in Jewish studies courses as well as to those who seek an awareness and appreciation of the riches of medieval Jewish philosophical tradition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700704149
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/29/1996
  • Series: Routledge Jewish Studies Series
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Chronological Table
Introduction 1
1 Jewish Life and Thought Before the Middle Ages 9
Biblical Judaism 9
Early Rabbinic Law and Theology 14
Rabbinic Interpretation and Ethics 18
The Mystical Tradition 22
The Emergence of Medieval Jewry 27
2 9th-11th Centuries 33
David Al-Mukammis 33
Isaac Ben Solomon Israeli 37
Saadiah Gaon 41
Jacob Al-Kirkisani 45
Yusuf Al-Basir 50
Solomon Ibn Gabirol 52
Bahya Ibn Pakuda 56
3 12th Century 61
Judah Halevi 61
Abraham Ibn Ezra 65
Nethanel Ben Al-Fayyumi 69
Abraham Bar Hiyya 72
Abu Al-Barakat 75
Abraham Ibn Daud 79
Moses Maimonides 83
4 13th Century 89
Joseph Ben Judah Ibn Aknin 89
Samuel ben Judah Ibn Tibbon 92
David Kimhi 95
Abraham Ben Moses Maimonides 97
Jacob Ben Abba Mari Anatoli 100
Moses Ben Samuel Ibn Tibbon 102
Gershom Ben Solomon of Arles 104
Shem Tov Ben Joseph Falaquera 105
Isaac Albalag 108
Levi Ben Abraham Ben Hayyim of Villefranche of Conflent 112
Judah Ben Solomon Ha-Cohen Ibn Malkah 114
Isaac Ben Abraham Ibn Latif 117
Judah Ben Nissim Ibn Malkah 119
Abraham Ben Samuel Abulafia 122
Zerahiah Ben Shealtiel Gracian of Barcelona 125
Hillel Ben Samuel of Verona 126
Judah Ben Moses Ben Daniel Romano 127
Immanuel Ben Solomon of Rome 128
5 14th Century 129
Yedayah Ha-Penini 129
Nissim Ben Moses of Marseille 132
Abner of Burgos 134
Levi Ben Gershom 137
Isaac Pulgar 141
Joseph Caspi 145
Shemariah Ben Elijah the Cretan 147
Moses Ben Joshua Narboni 149
6 15th Century 153
Joshua Lorki 154
Isaac Ben Moses Levi 156
Hasdai Crescas 159
Simeon Ben Zemah Duran 163
Hoter Ben Solomon 165
Joseph Albo 167
Joseph Ben Shem Tov Ibn Shem Tov 171
Abraham Ben Shem Tov Bibago 172
Isaac Ben Moses Arama 175
Isaac Abrabanel 177
Elijah Ben Moses Abba Delmedigo 180
Judah Ben Isaac Abrabanel 182
Further Reading 185
References 187
Glossary 189
Index 191
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