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Guide for the Perplexed
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No work can claim a greater influence on Jewish philosophy than Maimonides’s Guide for the Perplexed (Hebr. Moreh Nevukhim). The text, composed by Maimonides (Moses ben Maimon, acronym Rambam, 1135–1204) in Judeo-Arabic and completed in 1190, was translated into Hebrew during the author’s lifetime and spread throughout Europe by means of many important translations. Up until the 20th century, it was repeatedly th…

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Kreisel, Howard, “Guide for the Perplexed”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 09 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0559>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20200106

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