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The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Jewish Philosophy

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Oliver Leaman, David Shatz, Joel L. Kraemer, Sarah Stroumsa, Sarah Pessin, Barry S. Kogan, Daniel H. Frank, Tzvi Langermann, Menachem Lorberbaum, Paul B. Fenton, Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, Steven Harvey, Gregg Stern, Charles H. Manekin, T. M. Rudavsky, Ari Ackerman, James T. Robinson, Seymour Feldman
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  • Date Published: September 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521652070

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  • From the ninth to the fifteenth centuries Jewish thinkers living in Islamic and Christian lands philosophized about Judaism. Influenced first by Islamic theological speculation and the great philosophers of classical antiquity, and then in the late medieval period by Christian Scholasticism, Jewish philosophers and scientists reflected on the nature of language about God, the scope and limits of human understanding, the eternity or createdness of the world, prophecy and divine providence, the possibility of human freedom, and the relationship between divine and human law. Though many viewed philosophy as a dangerous threat, others incorporated it into their understanding of what it is to be a Jew. This Companion presents all the major Jewish thinkers of the period, the philosophical and non-philosophical contexts of their thought, and the interactions between Jewish and non-Jewish philosophers. It is a comprehensive introduction to a vital period of Jewish intellectual history.

    • Examines the formative role of medieval thought for modern Judaism in a unique and comprehensive introduction
    • Eighteen essays present all the major Jewish thinkers of the period
    • Written in a clear, accessible style by some of the leading writers in this field
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    '… this companion contains much excellent material and I would recommend it very highly.' Jewish Chronicle

    '… this is a useful collection that would probably function well as an advanced introduction to Medieval Jewish Philosophy for undergraduate and taught postgraduate students.' Journal of Jewish Studies

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    • Date Published: September 2003
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521652070
    • length: 508 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 160 x 35 mm
    • weight: 0.878kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Preface
    Chronology
    Note on transliteration
    Glossary
    Part I: Background and Context:
    1. Introduction to the study of medieval Jewish philosophy Oliver Leaman
    2. The biblical and rabbinic background to medieval Jewish philosophy David Shatz
    3. The Islamic context of medieval Jewish philosophy Joel L. Kraemer
    Part II. Ideas, Works and Writers:
    4. Saadya and Jewish kalam Sarah Stroumsa
    5. Jewish Neoplatonism: being above Being and divine emanation in Solomon ibn Gabirol and Isaac Israeli Sarah Pessin
    6. Judah Halevi and his use of philosophy in the Kuzari Barry S. Kogan
    7. Maimonides and medieval Jewish Aristotelianism Daniel H. Frank
    8. Maimonides and the sciences Tzvi Langermann
    9. Medieval Jewish political thought Menachem Lorberbaum
    10. Judaism and Sufism Paul B. Fenton
    11. Philosophy and kabbalah:
    1200–1600 Hava Tirosh-Samuelson
    12. Arabic into Hebrew: the Hebrew translation movement and the influence of Averroes upon medieval Jewish thought Steven Harvey
    13. Philosophy in southern France: controversy over philosophic study and the influence of Averroes upon Jewish thought Gregg Stern
    14. Conservative tendencies in Gersonides' religious philosophy Charles H. Manekin
    Part III. The Later Years:
    15. The impact of scholasticism upon Jewish philosophy in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries T. M. Rudavsky
    16. Jewish philosophy and the Jewish-Christian philosophical dialogue in fifteenth-century Spain Ari Ackerman
    17. Hasdai Crescas and anti-Aristotelianism James T. Robinson
    18. The end and aftereffects of medieval Jewish philosophy Seymour Feldman
    Guide to further reading in English
    Index.

  • Editors

    Daniel H. Frank, University of Kentucky
    Daniel H. Frank is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Judaic Studies Program at the University of Kentucky. Among recent publications are History of Jewish Philosophy (edited with Oliver Leaman, 1997), The Jewish Philosophy Reader (edited with Oliver Leaman and Charles Manekin, 2000), and revised editions of two Jewish philosophical classics, Maimonides' Guide of the Perplexed (1995) and Saadya Gaon's Book of Doctrines and Beliefs (2002).

    Oliver Leaman, University of Kentucky
    Oliver Leaman is Professor of Philosophy and Zantker Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Kentucky. He is the author of An Introduction to Classical Islamic Philosophy (2001), Evil and Suffering in Jewish Philosophy (1995), and is editor of Encyclopedia of Asian Philosophy ( 2001) and Companion Encyclopedia of Middle Eastern and North African Film (2001). He is co-editor, with Glennys Howarth, of Encyclopedia of Death and Dying (2001).

    Contributors

    Oliver Leaman, David Shatz, Joel L. Kraemer, Sarah Stroumsa, Sarah Pessin, Barry S. Kogan, Daniel H. Frank, Tzvi Langermann, Menachem Lorberbaum, Paul B. Fenton, Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, Steven Harvey, Gregg Stern, Charles H. Manekin, T. M. Rudavsky, Ari Ackerman, James T. Robinson, Seymour Feldman

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