Perspectives on Maimonides
Philosophical and Historical Studies. Littman Library of Jewish Civilization
Leading scholars have combined forces to
produce this volume on the philosophy and legal views of Moses Maimonides
(1138-1204) and the historical context in which he worked. The philosophical
section examines Maimonides' ethical doctrine; his paradoxical life-style; his Guide of the Perplexed; his attitude to
mysticism; his use of language; and his theory of astronomy. The legal section
deals with law and medicine, the relation of Maimonides' legal thought to the
Talmud; his doctrine of a just war; and his theory of redemption and
Messianism. The history section examines Maimonides' accession to the position
of head of the Jewish community in its historical context, at the time of the
rise of the `Ayyubid dynasty under Saladin.
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- Gad Freudenthal, Journal of Religious History `These studies, however disparate, provide us with convincing evidence of the continuing importance of Maimonides's philosophy. They make clear that no set of studies ever exhausts all that a major thinker of this eminence offers serious students of his work.'
- Marvin Fox, Times Literary Supplement `Kraemer's book was first published in hardback in 1991, and has since then been much consulted, since it is surely one of the best surveys both of Maimonides and of his historical context . . . an important contribution.'
- Oliver Leaman, Le'ela `For many years to come it is likely to remain a major reference volume for students of Maimonides.'
- Sarah Stroumsa, Jewish Quarterly Review `The papers . . . represent a variety of viewpoints, and all merit careful study . . . a pleasure to read . . . the volume is a welcome addition to the growing number of books on the most important of medieval Jewish thinkers.'
- Alexander Broadie, Jewish Quarterly `Fine introduction . . . A rich portrait of Maimonides' thought emerges in these pages.'
- Fred Morgan, Jewish Book News & Reviews `[The articles] remain very instructive both in terms of their contents and methodology. Indeed, they introduce many basic issues in Maimonides' philosophy and law . . . an indispensable tool for the study of Maimonides, for it sets forth not only contents and analysis, but also methods of inquiry.'
- Binyamin Abrahamov, Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam