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Ibn Tibbon
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Ibn Tibbon, family. The Tibbonids, the family of Ibn Tibbon, were a prominent dynasty of translators of Arabic and Judeo-Arabic works by Jewish authors into Hebrew.


The first translator is the physician Judah ben Saul Ibn Tibbon (1120–1190), who was born in Granada in Muslim Spain. He was driven out of Spain by the Almohades invasion and settled in Lunel around 1150.


His son Samuel ben Judah Ibn Tibbon (birth unknown – c. 1232) translated M. Maimonides, notably his Guide of the Perplexed in 1204, as well as Galen, Aristotle, and a Romance of Ale…

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van Bekkum, Wout J., “Ibn Tibbon”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 07 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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