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By Robert Eisen

Medieval Jewish philosophers were studied generally by means of glossy students, yet even if their philosophical pondering was once usually formed via their interpretation of the Bible, rather little realization has been paid to them as biblical interpreters. during this learn, Robert Eisen breaks new floor through examining how six medieval Jewish philosophers approached the publication of task. those thinkers coated are Saadiah Gaon, Moses Maimonides, Samuel ibn Tibbon, Zerahiah rooster, Gersonides, and Simon ben Zemah Duran. Eisen explores each one philosopher's examining of task on 3 degrees: its courting to interpretations of activity by means of past Jewish philosophers, the best way it grapples with the most important problems within the textual content, and its interplay with the author's systematic philosophical inspiration. Eisen additionally examines the resonance among the readings of task of medieval Jewish philosophers and people of contemporary biblical students. What emerges is a portrait of a faculty of Joban interpretation that was once inventive, unique, and now and then strangely radical. Eisen therefore demonstrates that medieval Jewish philosophers have been severe exegetes whom students can't come up with the money for to disregard. by means of bringing a previously-overlooked point of those thinkers' paintings to gentle, Eisen provides new intensity to our wisdom of either Jewish philosophy and biblical interpretation.

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