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From Maimonides to Samuel ibn Tibbon examines a key intersection of medieval Jewish, Judeo-Arabic, and Greco-Arabic thought: the translation and dissemination of Maimonides' chief philosophical work, the Guide of the Perplexed, through Samuel ibn Tibbon at the beginning of the 13th century in Southern France. Due to Ibn Tibbon's efforts, the Guide became the foundational work of Jewish philosophy until Spinoza and a framework for justifying the reception of Greco-Arabic philosophy and science in the Jewish communities of Christian Europe. The book includes the critical edition of what may be called the first commentary on the Guide: about 100 glosses attributed to Ibn Tibbon that the author discovered through examining 145 manuscripts of his Hebrew translation. This is a substantially revised version of the author's doctoral dissertation that received the Shlomo Pines Prize for outstanding young scholars from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, as well as awards from the Koret and the Littauer Foundations.
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"This is a delightful book. Carlos Fraenkel succeeds in two distinct although related projects. The first is to describe the philosophical agenda of Samuel Ibn Tibbon, the translator of Maimonides' Guide of the Perplexed. ... The second project is to provide a critical edition of all the notes that could be ascribed to Ibn Tibbon. ... He is to be commended for his masterful success in this task. Fraenkel's work is that rare combination, a philologically meticulous study that is also intellectually inspiring." Gad Freudenthal in Aleph: Historical Studies in Science and Judaism
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