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Nachmanides
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(Moses ben Nachman, acronym “Ramban”; 1194, Gerona – 1270, Akko) was a rabbi, physician, preacher, exegete, and a great halakhic authority. In the first half of the 13th century, Nachmanides was the spiritual leader of Spanish Jews (Judaism: II) and the head of the Kabbalistic school (Kabbalah: II) of Gerona, where Rabbi Ezra and Rabbi Azriel were among his teachers. He was a defender of Judaism in disputations with his Christian contemporaries.

His exegetical work on the Pentateuch is a landmark in medieval Jewish culture; it combines traditional mi…

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Dan, Joseph, “Nachmanides”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 13 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_124003>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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