Jewish Contributions to Civilization: An Estimate

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CHAPTER V
INFLUENCE OF JEWISH THOUGHT IN THE MIDDLE AGES

THE main influence, however, of mediæval Jews on the civilization of Christendom was by means of their chief thinkers, Ibn Gabirol and Maimonides. Their philosophical works were translated into Latin, that of the former by Dominic Gundisalvi1 at Toledo, with the aid of the convert Johannes Hispalensis, about 1160, under the title Fons Vitæ, and the latter, under the title Dux Neutrorum, by an anonymous translator, who used the Hebrew translation of Judah al-Harizi instead of that of Moses ibn Tibbon. Both thinkers are quoted by name and with respect by all the chief scholastics of the thirteenth, the greatest of the centuries: William of Auvergne, bishop of Paris ( 1228-49); Alexander

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Called Domingo Gonzalez in the Spanish translation of the Fons Vitæ.

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