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Maimonides: A Biography

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  37 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Heschel's classic work on Maimonides, originally published in Berlin during the thirties, is one of the few scholarly biographies available of the great medieval philosopher.
ebook, 273 pages
Published April 1st 1983 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 1935)
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Honey Jimenez
As a Jew I had heard this name before, heard quotes from him while studying the Torah with a Rabbi. But I didn't really know who he was until I decided to read this book about him. He is, of course, a very influential Jewish philosopher and Talmudic Scholar. Not only during his lifetime, but even now. Why else would we still be quoting him and studying his writings along with the Torah? The Author presents an easy to read, yet concise book about him, his life, his teachings, writing and philosop ...more
John Conolley
Jun 15, 2010 John Conolley added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in medieval history or in the history of Jewish scholarship.
Enjoying this book. Don't know how much I'll remember. Learned a little history of the Mediterranean during the 12th Century. Learned about the scholarship and genius of Maimonides. Interesting, and reasonably easy reading. Doesn't assume you're a Jewish scholar, as do other books I've seen about the man.
David Rullo
A good book. Not enough time is spent on "Guide..." or his other writings. The final paragraph mentions an inscription on his grave about being a heretic but that's not explained or investigated. still, I learned a lot and would recommend it to others.
A book that I've read previously. It is one that I have versions in both English und Deutsche.
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Heschel was a descendant of preeminent rabbinic families of Europe, both on his father's (Moshe Mordechai Heschel, who died of influenza in 1916) and mother's (Reizel Perlow Heschel) side, and a descendant of Rebbe Avrohom Yehoshua Heshl of Apt and other dynasties. He was the youngest of six children including his siblings: Sarah, Dvora Miriam, Esther Sima, Gittel, and Jacob. In his teens he recei ...more
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