Before Maimonides: A New Philosophical Dialogue in Hebrew

Y. Tzvi Langermann

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All can agree that the achievement of Moses Maimonides (d. 1204) set the standard for subsequent works of “Jewish philosophy”. But just what were the contours of philosophical-scientific inquiry that Maimonides replaced? A fairly large array of diverse texts have been studied, but no comprehensive picture has yet emerged. The newly discovered Hebrew dialogue published here has points of contact of various depth with most of the major works of pre-Maimonidean thought. It shares as well influences from without, especially from the Islamic kalam. The dialogue thus presents, in an engaging literary form, a clear and detailed snapshot of pre-Maimonidean philosophy and science.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeiden, The Netherlands
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-04-68676-2
ISBN (Print)978-90-04-52951-9
StateAccepted/In press - 2024

Publication series

NameÉtudes sur le judaïsme médiéval
ISSN (Print)0169-815X


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