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Please review our Terms and Conditions of Use and check box below to share full-text version of article. Volume 68 , Issue 1 January Pages Moses Maimonides, unparalleled editions One of the greatest Jewish sages of all times, Moses Maimonides, was not only an outstanding legal authority, compelling philosopher, and accomplished physician, but also the most influential Jewish spiritual leader of his age.
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To Western Christian scholars, he was known as Maimonides, while his own people called him Rambam , an acronym of Rabbi Moses ben Maimon. Driven by relentless persecution and by disturbances caused by invading fanatical tribes, the Maimon family spent many years wandering around Spain and North Africa. In , they finally settled in Fustat, a suburb of Cairo. Maimonides was to spend the rest of his life in Egypt, where he rose to prominence as physician and leader of the local Jewish community, and produced some of his greatest literary works.
There is barely a discipline of medieval scholarship or field of Jewish knowledge that he did not master and cover in his works.
Written between and , the Mishneh Torah the Second Law, or the Mighty Hand is regarded as his masterpiece and the greatest contribution to Jewish law ever made by any one individual. His pragmatic rationalism is equally reflected in medical texts written while serving as court physician to Sultan Saladin in Cairo.
According to experts, many of the views advocated in these writings were modern and far ahead of his time. Some of his treatises were translated into Hebrew and Latin e. It includes imprints from the 16th up to and including the 20th century, some of which constitute landmarks in the history of Hebrew printing. To further illustrate the lasting popularity and wide appeal Maimonides' writings had over subsequent generations of scholars, we have also included examples of bilingual editions containing Hebrew and either Latin, Judeo-German, or French text.
Translators Except for the Mishneh Torah and some responsa and letters which he wrote in the Hebrew language, Maimonides used Judeo-Arabic Arabic in Hebrew characters in all his writings. Of the early surviving translations, some have become classics in their own right. Printers It is virtually impossible to quantify the number of printed editions that have been dedicated to Maimonides' writings since printing was invented.
As a matter of interest, many of these printers have long earned a permanent place in the annals of Hebrew printing and typography. Letters and responsa Maimonides replied regularly to legal questions addressed to him from both near and afar, and often wrote letters and epistles, some of which have survived. To date, more than of his responsa and all of his extant letters have been published in Hebrew.
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The press remained active until Examples included here are Venice, Adlelkind, and Giustiniani, , and Amsterdam, Proops, The manuscript notes found in the copy owned by the Library bear the name Aharon ha-Levi, who was probably a former owner. Unfortunately, both Joseph Caro and Meir Parenzo passed away before printing was finally completed.
The copy that has been filmed previously belonged to the library of the Duke of Sussex, the brother of King George IV. After its appearance, the Guide generated an extensive literature, particularly numerous full and partial commentaries, some of which were fiercely critical of the work. Some of these commentaries have often appeared in print alongside the text of the Guide.
Other popular and frequently reprinted commentaries were Maskiyot kesef and Amude kesef by Joseph Ibn Caspi found in the Frankfurt-am-Main, edition, the commentary of Moses Narboni and Givat ha-Moreh by Solomon Maimon, both of which are included in the Berlin, and Vienna, imprints. Sefer ha-Mitsvot [Book of Commandments] In this work, which is likely to have been completed a few years before his towering Mishneh Torah , Maimonides sets out to systematically enumerate the traditional commandments laid down in the Pentateuch, a daunting task which no one before him had managed to fulfill satisfactorily.
Sefer ha-Mitsvot often prefaces manuscripts and printed editions of the Mishneh Torah. Sefer ha-Mitsvot , Constantinople, is the earliest dated book in the present selection. The Worms, edition comprises the Latin translation by Sebastian Muenster, one of the greatest Christian Hebraists of the 16th century. The Lublin, edition printed by Kalonymus Jaffe has an exquisite frontispiece with richly ornate borders featuring angels and sirens.