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Maimonides
Life, career, theology and writings of 12th century Jewish philosopher.
# 13595 | 2,700 words | 4 sources | 1999 | US
Published on Jun 28, 2003 in Religion and Theology (Judaism) , Philosophy (History)


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" Moses ben Maimon, known as Maimonides, was a twelfth-century Jewish philosopher who was heavily influenced by the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle. In his most famous work, The Guide of the Perplexed, Maimonides attempted to explain various difficult aspects of the Jewish tradition of rabbinic and biblical literature by means of philosophic method derived from Aristotle. Maimonides was convinced that there was truth in both the Jewish tradition and the rationalism of Aristotle and his work was, in part, a reconciliation of these two kinds of truth. An examination of one of the main topics in the Guide, the nature of prophecy, demonstrates how Maimonides went about applying the rational Aristotelian approach to questions of Jewish theology.

Maimonides (1135-1204) was born in the Spanish city of Cordova but, in order to avoid the wars in the region, migrated.."

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