The World of Moses Maimonides: With Selections from His Writings

The World of Moses Maimonides: With Selections from His Writings

The World of Moses Maimonides: With Selections from His Writings

The World of Moses Maimonides: With Selections from His Writings

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Moses Maimonides is one of the most widely written about Jewish scholars in the world. His was by far the most comprehensive mind the Jews produced, in fame and influence, unconditioned by space and time. He is one of the few Jewish men of learning whose spiritual physiognomy is well marked among men outside his own race and faith. A representative Jewish scholar and an authoritative expounder of Judaism, he was also one of the advanced spirits of his time. The keenest minds in Western Europe paid him the tribute of their admiration. They were great devotees of his teachings, and their works abound in references to Rabi Moyses Judaeus.

A prolific and brilliant writer himself, the literature inspired by the Cordova-Fostat Sage is rich in volume and content and is written in almost all the cultured languages of the world. He wrote most of his works in the Arabic language, the idiom of his time and country, but an early Latin translation from the Hebrew version of The Guide for the Perplexed spread his fame throughout the non-Jewish European world. And as to Mishneh Torah, his great rabbinic Code, Alexander Marx wrote of a bibliography of Hebrew commentaries, compiled by Adolf Jellinek, numbering no fewer than 220 entries. That was in 1893, sixty-four years ago; since that time many more volumes have been added to the list.

The passing years have not lessened the interest nor marred the influence of Moses Maimonides. Serenely, his high and gentle spirit . . .

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