Samuel Ibn Tibbon s Commentary on Ecclesiastes

James T. Robinson's book includes a first English translation of Ibn Tibbon's commentary on Ecclesiastes, which was the foundational work of the Maimonidean tradition.

Samuel Ibn Tibbon s Commentary on Ecclesiastes

Author: James T. Robinson

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck

ISBN: 9783161490675

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Samuel Ibn Tibbon (c. 1165-1232) - the eminent translator, philosopher, and exegete - is most famous for his Hebrew translation of Maimonides' Guide of the Perplexed . However, he wrote original works as well, and laid the foundations for a distinctive philosophical-exegetical movement, what is today called 'Maimonideanism'. James T. Robinson's book includes a first English translation of Ibn Tibbon's commentary on Ecclesiastes, which was the foundational work of the Maimonidean tradition. The translation, with full annotation, is accompanied by an introduction, which provides relevant historical, philosophical and exegetical background, explains difficult passages, and identifies Ibn Tibbon's important contributions to the emergence of Maimonideanism. The author analyzes Ibn Tibbon's sources and influences (in Jewish philosophy and exegesis and in Graeco-Arabic philosophy, especially al-Farabi and Averroes), discusses his theory and method of exegesis, and explains the main arguments and allegories of the work which relate to the problem of human perfection. Responding to and developing the various positions of his time - especially the infamous view of al-Farabi that immortality of the soul is nothing but an old wife's tale - Ibn Tibbon argues that conjunction with the active intellect is possible but rare: only one man in a thousand can attain it. Thus, while the elite few should pursue it - through a life of study and contemplation - the many should focus on perfection in this world: they should eat, drink, and show the soul good.

Without Any Doubt

In the original version of this article I referred to Ibn Tibbon's Commentary on
Ecclesiastes on the basis of Parma—Biblioteca Palatina, MS 2182 [De Rossi 272
, II] (IMHM 13354) and James T. Robinson's translation of Samuel Ibn Tibbon's ...

 Without Any Doubt

Author: Sara Klein-Braslavy

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 900420699X

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This book collects eight articles on the thought and method of Gersonides (Provence, 1288-1344). They deal with: his methods of inquiry and composition; his use of introductions; his method in the supercommentaries on Averroes; and his methods of biblical exegesis.

The Bible and Jews in Medieval Spain

5 One manuscript, Escorial (Spain) G-II-2, which contains his Ma'amar yeqavū
hamayim and the commentary on Ecclesiastes, also contains a commentary on
Song of Songs identified as by Samuel Ibn Tibbon, but that is undoubtedly an
error ...

The Bible and Jews in Medieval Spain

Author: Norman Roth

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1000348113

Page: 468

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The Bible and Jews in Medieval Spain examines the grammatical, exegetical, philosophical and mystical interpretations of the Bible that took place in Spain during the medieval period. The Bible was the foundation of Jewish culture in medieval Spain. Following the scientific analysis of Hebrew grammar which emerged in al-Andalus in the ninth and tenth centuries, biblical exegesis broke free of homiletic interpretation and explored the text on grammatical and contextual terms. While some of the earliest commentary was in Arabic, scholars began using Hebrew more regularly during this period. The first complete biblical commentaries in Hebrew were written by Abraham Ibn ‘Ezra, and this set the standard for the generations that followed. This book analyses the approach and unique contributions of these commentaries, moving on to those of later Christian Spain, including the Qimhi family, Nahmanides and his followers and the esoteric-mystical tradition. Major topics in the commentaries are compared and contrasted. Thus, a unified picture of the whole fabric of Hebrew commentary in medieval Spain emerges. In addition, the book describes the many Spanish Jewish biblical manuscripts that have remained and details the history of printed editions and Spanish translations (for Jews and Christians) by medieval Spanish Jews. This book will appeal to scholars and students of medieval Spain, as well as those interested in the history of religion and cultural history.

A Cyclop dia of Biblical Literature

Ibn Tibbon died abou Füdische Zeitschrift für Wissenschaft und Leben , 1100 . ...
translated , Samuel Ibn the year 1469 , and was published in Venice 1577 ;
Tibbon wrote - ( 1 ) A Commentary on Ecclesiastes ( 2 ) A Commentary on the
Psalms ...

A Cyclop  dia of Biblical Literature

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Inner midrashic Introductions and Their Influence on Introductions to Medieval Rabbinic Bible Commentaries

2 Ibn Tibbon ' s Inner - Commentary Introduction to Ecclesiastes Returning to the
short section that begins the interpretation of Eccl ... Ibn Tibbon states that “ The
28 Robinson , “ Samuel Ibn Tibbon ' s Commentary on Ecclesiastes , ” 302 - 303 .

Inner midrashic Introductions and Their Influence on Introductions to Medieval Rabbinic Bible Commentaries

Author: Michel G. Distefano

Publisher: De Gruyter

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Page: 227

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After World War II, Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich (1921-2007) published works in English and German by eminent Israeli scholars, in this way introducing them to a wider audience in Europe and North America. The series he founded for that purpose, Studia Judaica, continues to offer a platform for scholarly studies and editions that cover all eras in the history of the Jewish religion.

The Book of Job in Medieval Jewish Philosophy

By bringing a previously-overlooked aspect of these thinkers' work to light, Eisen adds new depth to our knowledge of both Jewish philosophy and biblical interpretation.

The Book of Job in Medieval Jewish Philosophy

Author: Robert Eisen

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198038290

Page: 336

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Medieval Jewish philosophers have been studied extensively by modern scholars, but even though their philosophical thinking was often shaped by their interpretation of the Bible, relatively little attention has been paid to them as biblical interpreters. In this study, Robert Eisen breaks new ground by analyzing how six medieval Jewish philosophers approached the Book of Job. These thinkers covered are Saadiah Gaon, Moses Maimonides, Samuel ibn Tibbon, Zerahiah Hen, Gersonides, and Simon ben Zemah Duran. Eisen explores each philosopher's reading of Job on three levels: its relationship to interpretations of Job by previous Jewish philosophers, the way in which it grapples with the major difficulties in the text, and its interaction with the author's systematic philosophical thought. Eisen also examines the resonance between the readings of Job of medieval Jewish philosophers and those of modern biblical scholars. What emerges is a portrait of a school of Joban interpretation that was creative, original, and at times surprisingly radical. Eisen thus demonstrates that medieval Jewish philosophers were serious exegetes whom scholars cannot afford to ignore. By bringing a previously-overlooked aspect of these thinkers' work to light, Eisen adds new depth to our knowledge of both Jewish philosophy and biblical interpretation.

Aleph

Samuel Ibn Tibbon , Maimonides ' translator and the first Maimonidean scholar in
southern Europe , wrote his commentary on Ecclesiastes between 1213 and
1221. For understandable reasons , the biblical wisdom books were among the ...

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Philosophers and the Jewish Bible

the connection between order and esotericism in his exegesis , later
philosophers would Samuel ibn Tibbon is the first philosopher to develop that
association . His Ma'amar yiqqavu ha - mayim and Commentary on Ecclesiastes
are both ...

Philosophers and the Jewish Bible

Author: Charles Harry Manekin

Publisher: CDL Press

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Essays on how Jewish philosophers, both historical and modern, including Philo, Saadia Gaon, Ibn Tibbon, Spinoza, and Maimonides, have interpreted the Bible narrative.

Epigonism and the Dynamic of Jewish Culture

12 Samuel Ibn Tibbon , Commentary on Ecclesiastes 3 : 1113 It was out of these
two passages that Ibn Tibbon constructed his commentary on Ecclesiastes 3 : 11
. He alludes to both chapters , cites and elaborates upon the rabbinic statement ...

Epigonism and the Dynamic of Jewish Culture

Author: Shlomo Berger

Publisher: Peeters Pub & Booksellers

ISBN: 9789042920323

Page: 295

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The articles collected in this volume were originally presented at a summer colloquium in Oxford in 2004. The 'epigone' is generally believed to be an imitator, deprived of an independent, original talent. He necessarily follows in someone else's footsteps, a source of inspiration that can (or indeed must) be identified. The epigone can operate only after a certain span of time, during which he has studied his example and learned how to follow in his master's footsteps. An epigone is always influenced - be it consciously or unconsciously - by another person, or by the surrounding cultural climate. The epigone is, per definition, second rate. Furthermore, it is believed that the epigonic product cannot have an independent value. Its only value lies in demonstrating a condition in culture, a spirit of the area, a trend in the arts, philosophy or any other human occupation. Rather than continuing to view epigonism as a natural, if regrettable, part of the cultural process, an inevitable secondary stage within the development of any corpus, the essays in this volume approach the phenomenon from a perspective that is at once more neutral and more positive. They do so not by rehabilitating the quality of the epigone's output, but by redefining his role within the cultural process per se. In each of these contributions, epigones appear as the true carriers of, in this case Jewish, culture. Rather than mere witnesses or, at best, historical mirrors of primary, canonical, cultural codes and modes, they represent one of the dynamic forces within the development of a culture. For the epigone is not merely imitating, but also disseminating. It is not the isolated peaks of the cultural panorama that the articles in this book seek to map out, but the modest planes that allow us to travel the landscape in the first place.

History and Faith

Ibn Tibbon first turned to the author in a letter , pointing out several contradictions
in the Guide.78 Maimonides did not provide a response to these questions , even
... 79 Samuel ibn Tibbon , Commentary on Ecclesiastes , MS Parma 272 , fol .

History and Faith

Author: Aviezer Ravitzky

Publisher: Brill Academic Pub

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A collection of nine essays by one of the leading scholars in medieval Jewish Philosophy. The volume consists of two parts. Part I, entitled "Philosophy and History," includes essays on the study of medieval Jewish Philosophy, on the notion of Peace, on the political philosophy of Nissim of Gerona and Isaac Abrabanel, and on Maimonides' views on Messianism. In part II, "Philosophy and Faith," the subjects dealt with are: 'The God of the Philosophers and the God of the Kabbalists', the notion of Miracle in medieval Jewish Philosophy, the esoteric character of Maimonides' Guide of the Perplexed, and a lost Arabic recension of Aristotle's Parva Naturalia. Professor Aviezer Ravitzky is Chairman of the Department of Jewish Thought, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Book List

... Samuel Ibn Tibbon's Commentary on Ecclesiastes : The Book of the Soul of
Man ( Texts and Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Judaism , 20 ; Tubingen :
Mohr Siebeck , 2007 ) , pp . x + 660. € 149.00 . ISBN 978-3-16-149067-5 ; ISSN ...

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Science in the Bet Midrash

Such thirteenth - century and fourteenthcentury figures as Samuel ibn Tibbon ,
Jacob Anatoli , Zerahiah ben Shealtiel ... his philosophical teachings , were not
nec33 33 Compare Samuel ibn Tibbon's lament in his Commentary on
Ecclesiastes ...

Science in the Bet Midrash

Author: Menachem Marc Kellner

Publisher: Academic Studies PRess

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Science in the Bet Midrash explores the religious thought of Moses Maimonides (1138–1204), one of the most influential Jews of the last thousand years. While covering many aspects of his religious philosophy, these essays focus on the way Maimonides elucidated and expressed the universalistic thrust of the Jewish tradition. Maimonides construed the election of Israel as a challenge, not an endowment. This challenge is ultimately addressed to all human beings, not just to Jews.

Torah in the Observatory

jurations ” in a similar fashion , it makes sense that they both use a term found in
Samuel ibn Tibbon's translation of the Guide of the Perplexed at a point ... Other
linguistic similarities between the two commentaries are , it appears to me , of
little importance . ... in Solomon's enthusiastic youth , Proverbs in his maturity ,
and Ecclesiastes in his disillusioned old age is a commonplace in the Jewish
tradition .

Torah in the Observatory

Author: Menachem Marc Kellner

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Professor Kellner is one of the more productive and creative scholars in medieval. Jewish thought. Over the years he has published many important essays on various aspects of medieval Jewish philosophy, especially on Gersonides and Maimonides. These studies are fundamental readings for any student of medieval Jewish philosophy. This anthology of his writings is a most valuable contribution to our understanding of these two thinkers.-Seymour Feldman, Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, Rutgers University Gersonides (1288-1344) was, in my view, the most original philosopher in medieval Judaism. However, he has not been studied to the same extent as other Judaic luminaries, and only his Commentary on the Song of Songs has been (magnificently!) translated into English (1998), after an excellent Hebrew edition of the Introduction was published (1989), both the work of Menachem Kellner. This new volume by Menachem Kellner explores some of the most important questions raised by Gersonides: Providence, Mosaic Prophecy, Miracles, the Messiah and Resurrection, Astronomy and Metaphysics, Politics and Perfection. It is not by chance that Menachem Kellner has devoted so much to the study of Gersonides. Like Gersonides, Kellner has firmly in hand the knowledge of the Bible and of the traditional literature of Judaism, he is well trained in philosophy and science, and his broad interests make him the best and most penetrating champion of a great philosopher and an outstanding student of human thought. Colette Sirat, directeur d'etudes a l'Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes Sorbonne et chercheur associe a l'Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes

Search Scripture Well

This book describes the Karaite contribution to the development of Jewish biblical exegesis in the Islamic East during the tenth century.

Search Scripture Well

Author: Daniel Frank

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004139028

Page: 374

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This book describes the Karaite contribution to the development of Jewish biblical exegesis in the Islamic East during the tenth century. Comprising a series of linked, thematic studies, it includes extensive selections from manuscript sources in Judeo-Arabic with English translation.

Be erot Yitzhak

With this in mind , we turn to the second member of the Ibn Tibbon dynasty ,
beginning with his early education and then ... Samuel Ibn Tibbon's Commentary
on Ecclesiastes and the Philosopher's Prooemium , ” in Studies in Medieval
Jewish ...

Be erot Yitzhak

Author: Harvard College Professor and Harry Austryn Wolfson Professor of Jewish Studies Jay M Harris

Publisher: Harvard Univ Center for Jewish

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Professor Isadore Twersky was one of the giants of the field of Jewish Studies. Among his many accomplishments was the supervision of over thirty-five dissertations in Jewish Studies, ranging chronologically from the tenth century to the twentieth, and geographically from the Middle East to the Mediterranean world and on to northern Europe, east and west. In this memorial volume, many of his students pay homage to their late teacher in the only way he would have appreciated: they have produced a collection of essays that show his and their remarkable range of interests and talents. The result is an important collection of original scholarship on a wide range of topics in Jewish Studies.

Studies in Medieval Jewish History and Literature

An edition of the preface and commentary on Ecclesiastes 1 : 1 was included in E
. Rivlin's unpublished Masters thesis : Samuel ibn Tibbon : Monograph ( M.A.
Thesis , Tel - Aviv University , 1969 ) ( Hebrew ) . His edition , however , is quite ...

Studies in Medieval Jewish History and Literature

Author: Isadore Twersky

Publisher: Harvard Univ Center for Jewish

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This volume contains eleven original studies, ten in English and one in Hebrew, by some of the most established scholars of Judaica and young newcomers as well. Like the studies in the previous two volumes in the series, those in this new volume shed important light on the Jewish cultural experience across a vast geographic expanse, and over many centuries. The studies illuminate the relationship of Jewish social structure and intellectual creativity; the political theories that informed Jewish communal life; different aspects of Jewish philosophical and mystical discourse; Jewish biblical interpretation; and the dynamic of Jewish legal thinking. One study offers a critical edition and annotated translation of one of the classics of Jewish biblical interpretation. The collection will be indispensable to all students of Jewish history and culture.

Hebrew studies

Samuel Ibn Tibbon's original works included his Letter on Providence , The
Commentary of Ecclesiastes , Ma'amar Yiqqawu ha - Mayim ( Treatise on Gen 1 :
9 : Let the Waters be Gathered ) , The Reason for the Table and the Shewbread ,
a ...

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