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Abulafia, Joseph ben Ṭodros ha-Levi
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Joseph ben Ṭodros ha-Levi Abulafia, the brother of Me’ir ben Todros ha-Levi Abulafia, was born in Burgos. Active in the first half of the twelfth century, he spent most of his life in Burgos but apparently settled in Toledo at some time where he remained until his death. Joseph ben Ṭodros was an anti-rationalist thinker, and as such he took an active part, together with other Jews from the Spanish kingdoms and France, such as Solomon ben Abraham of Montpellier, in the dispute pertaining to the works of Maimonides, Moses, which were condemned as rationalist because in them he used re…

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Yolanda Moreno Koch, “Abulafia, Joseph ben Ṭodros ha-Levi”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 27 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0000570>
First published online: 2010

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