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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: October 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521652070

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  • Influenced originally by Islamic theological speculation, classical philosophers and Christian Scholasticism of the Middle Ages, Jewish thinkers living in Islamic and Christian lands philosophized about Judaism from the ninth to fifteenth centuries. They reflected on the nature of language about God, the creation of the world, the possibility of human freedom and the relationship between divine and human law. This Companion presents major medieval Jewish thinkers in 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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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Frank and Leaman's volume is a superb effort and is highly recommended for students and scholars alike. It will certainly become one of the standard reference works in the field." Philosophy in Review

    "In many ways, the editors and the contributors to this volume accomplish the impossible: they offer insightful essays that will appeal not only to the specialist in the field, but also be accessible to those encountering the beauty of medieval Jewish philosophy for the first time." Studies in Religion / Sciences Religieuses, Aaron Hughes, University of Calgary

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 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
    Note on transliteration
    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

  • 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).


    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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