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.

Author: James T. Robinson

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck

ISBN: 3161490673

Category: Religion

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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.
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Samuel Ibn Tibbon s Commentary on Ecclesiastes

Includes annotated translations, as well as a critical edition of Samuel Ibn Tibbon's Commentary on Ecclesiastes in Hebrew.

Author: James T. Robinson

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:633004122

Category: Bible

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Includes annotated translations, as well as a critical edition of Samuel Ibn Tibbon's Commentary on Ecclesiastes in Hebrew.
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Philosophy and Rabbinic Culture

Samuel Ibn Tibbon's Commentary on Ecclesiastes: The Book of the Soul of Man, translated and annotated with an introduction by James T. Robinson.

Author: Gregg Stern

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135975616

Category: Philosophy

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Philosophy and Rabbinic Culture is a study of the great, and curiously underappreciated, engagement of a Medieval European Jewish community with the philosophic tradition. This lucid description of the Languedocian Jewish community's multigenerational cultivation of - and acculturation to - scientific and philosophic teachings into Judaism fulfils a major desideratum in Jewish cultural history. In the first detailed account of this long-forgotten Jewish community and its cultural ideal, the author gives an expansive reappraisal of the role of the philosophic interpretation in rabbinic culture and medieval Judaism. Looking at how the cultural ideal of Languedocian Jewry continued to develop and flourish throughout the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, with particular reference to the literary style and religious teaching of the great Talmudist, Menahem ha-Meiri, Stern explores issues such as Meiri’s theory of "civilized religions", including Christianity and Islam, controversy over philosophy and philosophic allegory in Languedoc and Catalonia, and the cultural significance of the medical use of astrological images. This book will be of great interest to scholars and students of Religion, of Judaism in particular, and of Philosophy, History and Medieval Europe, as well as those interested in Jewish-Christian relations.
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Without Any Doubt

Thus I cite the rest of the Hebrew text according to James T. Robinson, “Samuel Ibn Tibbon's Commentary on Ecclesiastes” (Ph.D. dissertation, ...

Author: Sara Klein-Braslavy

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004206991

Category: Religion

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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.
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The Cultures of Maimonideanism

This collection of papers, originating at the 2007 EAJS colloquium, places primary emphasis on this influence not on Maimonides himself but the many movements he inspired.

Author: James T. Robinson

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004174504

Category: Religion

Page: 440

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In the history of Jewish thought, no individual scholar has exercised more influence than Maimonides (1138-1204) philosopher and physician, legal scholar and communal leader. This collection of papers, originating at the 2007 EAJS colloquium, places primary emphasis on this influence not on Maimonides himself but the many movements he inspired. Using Maimonideanism as an interpretive lens, the authors of this volume representing a variety of fields and disciplines develop new approaches to and fresh perspectives on the peculiar dynamic of Judaism and philosophy. Focusing on social and cultural processes as well as philosophical ideas and arguments, they point toward an original reconceptualization of Jewish thought.
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The Bible and Jews in Medieval Spain

Robinson, “Samuel Ibn Tibbon's Commentary,” 118 n. 2, said that Samuel was preceded in his commentary on Ecclesiastes by Ibn 'Ezra “and perhaps by other ...

Author: Norman Roth

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000348118

Category: History

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.
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With Reverence for the Word

Since its completion, the relevant text of ibn Tibbon has been published in a superb copiously ... See “Samuel ibn Tibbon's Commentary on Ecclesiastes," 84.

Author: Jane Dammen McAuliffe

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199755752

Category: Religion

Page: 512

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This volume represents the first trilateral exploration of medieval scriptural interpretation. During the medieval period the three exegetical traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam produced a vast literature, one of great diversity but also one of numerous cross-cultural similarities.
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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 .

Author: Michel G. Distefano

Publisher: De Gruyter

ISBN: UOM:39015075670904

Category: Religion

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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.
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Classified Bibliography on Ecclesiastes

Robinson, James T. Samuel Ibn Tibbons Commentary on Ecclesiastes: The Book of the Soul of Man. Texts and Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Judaism 20.

Author: David J. H. Beldman

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780567673978

Category: Religion

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This volume is a comprehensive listing of bibliographical references to writings on the book of Ecclesiastes, beginning from 1900. Rather than being presented in alphabetical order, these references are classified according to genre, chapter, subject and theme; among the myriad of classifications are biblical theology, commentaries, death and the afterlife, God/the divine, joy, language, sexuality, structure and wisdom. These classifications have been selected by specialists of Ecclesiastes, in order to guide scholars and researchers through the wealth of secondary material available and to prompt further research on the text. Through its collation of the incredible amount of bibliographical data on the book of Ecclesiastes, this collection will prove a vital resource for those working on Ecclesiastes for years to come.
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Science in Medieval Jewish Cultures

In what way was Ibn Tibbon's exegesis Maimonidean? ... 291–306; idem, Samuel Ibn Tibbon's Commentary on Ecclesiastes, The Book ofthe Soul ofMan (T ̈ubingen: ...

Author: Gad Freudenthal

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107001459

Category: History

Page: 547

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Provides the first comprehensive overview by world-renowned experts of what we know today of medieval Jews' engagement with the sciences.
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A Philosopher of Scripture

102 Robinson, Samuel Ibn Tibbon's Commentary. 103 For Ibn Tibbon's fraught ... Note that all three exegetes select their remote verse from Proverbs.

Author: Raphael Dascalu

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004409118

Category: Religion

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In A Philosopher of Scripture: The Exegesis and Thought of Tanḥum ha-Yerushalmi, Raphael Dascalu presents a detailed intellectual portrait of Tanḥum ha-Yerushalmi (d. 1291, Egypt) – a Jewish philosopher and mystic, linguist and philologist, and a biblical exegete of singular breadth.
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Knowledge of God and the Development of Early Kabbalah

39 Samuel Ibn Tibbon's Commentary on Ecclesiastes: The Book of the Soul ofMan, 163–166 (with a slight emendation). For the original Hebrew, see Robinson, ...

Author: Jonathan Dauber

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004234277

Category: Religion

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In Knowledge of God and the Development of Early Kabbalah, Jonathan Dauber offers a fresh consideration of the emergence of Kabbalah against the backdrop of a re-evaluation of the relationship between Kabbalistic and philosophic discourse.
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The Book of Job in Medieval Jewish Philosophy

1; Tzvi Langermann, “A New Source for Samuel ibn Tibbon's Translation of the Guide ... James Robinson has edited Ibn Tibbon's Commentary on Ecclesiastes in ...

Author: Robert Eisen

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195171532

Category: Literary Criticism

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Analyzes the history of the interpretation of the "Book of Job" by medieval Jewish exegetes. The author offers an examination of commentaries on Job written by six major thinkers. He looks at the relationship between the commentaries and their antecedent sources, as well as their relationship to the broader context of medieval Jewish thought.
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Rewriting Maimonides

Early Commentaries on the Guide of the Perplexed Igor H. De Souza. of the “flaming sword” to Samuel ibn Tibbon in the Commentary on Ecclesiastes.62 He is ...

Author: Igor H. De Souza

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110557657

Category: History

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Maimonideanism, the intellectual culture inspired by Maimonides’ writings, has received much recent attention. Yet a central aspect of Maimonideanism has been overlooked: the formal reception of the Guide of the Perplexed through commentary. In Rewriting Maimonides, Igor H. De Souza offers a comprehensive analysis of six early philosophical commentaries, written in Italy, Spain, and France, by some of Maimonides’ most loyal followers. The early commentaries represent the most creative period of exegesis of the Guide. De Souza’s analysis dispels the notion that the tradition of commentary on the Guide is monolithic. Rather, De Souza’s study illuminates how each commentator offers distinctive readings. Challenging the hierarchy of text and commentary, Rewriting Maimonides studies commentaries on the Guide as texts in their own right. De Souza approaches the form of commentary as a multifaceted cultural practice. Employing historical, philosophical, and literary methods, this publication fills a lacuna in the history of the Guide through a global perspective on commentary.
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Ecclesiastes Through the Centuries

'Samuel Ibn Tibbon's Commentary on Ecclesiastes andthe Philosopher's Prooemium.' In Studies inMedieval Jewish History and Literature,ed.

Author: Eric S. Christianson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118234976

Category: Religion

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Over the centuries, Ecclesiastes has influenced numerous and diverse aspects of life and thought. Ecclesiastes Through the Centuries assesses the effects of the book on the culture of the various times in religious, artistic, and social contexts. Presents an innovative, reception history approach to the study of Ecclesiastes, by tracing its influence on religion, culture, literature, art, and social thought Explores a fascinating range of Jewish and Christian readings Features engaging and unusual examples from art, music, literature and history: from Thackeray and Orwell, to Salvador Dali’s Illustrated Bible, to the inflammatory exposition of Ecclesiastes at the funeral of Queen Mary Published in the innovative Blackwell Bible Commentaries series; for further information visit the series website at www.bbibcomm.net
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The Words of the Wise Are like Goads

J. Robinson, “Samuel Ibn Tibbon's Commentary on Ecclesiastes and the Philosopher's Prooenium,” in Studies in Medieval Jewish History and Literature (3 vols.

Author: Mark J. Boda

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 9781575066929

Category: History

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“Meaningless, meaningless, everything is meaningless.” The word “meaningless” (hebel) appears more than 40 times in the book of Ecclesiastes and raises the question why a book that appears to deny meaning or purpose is included in the Bible. Many questions of interpretation as well as relevance surround the book of Ecclesiastes, including indeed the proper translation and understanding of the word hebel. If, after all, the book does examine the question of the meaning of life, what could be more important? The present volume explores Ecclesiastes/Qohelet on many different levels: linguistic, text-critical, theological, historical, and literary. The contributors, chosen from many of the leading and emerging experts on the book, present both the state of the field and their own assessment of the varied interpretive issues of Ecclesiastes. They include scholars, preachers, and philosophers. It should be helpful not only to scholars but also to all who want to study this book seriously. The first section of this volume deals with the history of interpretation. The second section is concerned with issues of history, form, and rhetoric. Section three is about key concepts and passages. The fourth section focuses on the language and grammar of Qohelet. The last section engages practical issues of interpretation. The volume is designed to provide exposure to a variety of readers who seek to engage Qohelet in fresh ways in the twenty-first century—from historians of interpretation to biblical exegetes to linguists to theological students.
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Rashi s Commentary on the Torah

“Ben 'ashkenaz li- rushalayim: ḥakhamim 'ashkenazim be- 'ereṣ yisra'el le- ... Robinson, James T. Samuel Ibn Tibbon's Commentary on Ecclesiastes: The Book ...

Author: Eric Lawee

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190937850

Category: Religion

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Winner of the Jewish Book Council Nahum M. Sarna Memorial Award in Scholarship This book explores the reception history of the most important Jewish Bible commentary ever composed, the Commentary on the Torah of Rashi (Shlomo Yitzhaki; 1040-1105). Though the Commentary has benefited from enormous scholarly attention, analysis of diverse reactions to it has been surprisingly scant. Viewing its path to preeminence through a diverse array of religious, intellectual, literary, and sociocultural lenses, Eric Lawee focuses on processes of the Commentary's canonization and on a hitherto unexamined--and wholly unexpected--feature of its reception: critical, and at times astonishingly harsh, resistance to it. Lawee shows how and why, despite such resistance, Rashi's interpretation of the Torah became an exegetical classic, a staple in the curriculum, a source of shared religious vocabulary for Jews across time and place, and a foundational text that shaped the Jewish nation's collective identity. The book takes as its larger integrating perspective processes of canonicity as they shape how traditions flourish, disintegrate, or evolve. Rashi's scriptural magnum opus, the foremost work of Franco-German (Ashkenazic) biblical scholarship, faced stiff competition for canonical supremacy in the form of rationalist reconfigurations of Judaism as they developed in Mediterranean seats of learning. It nevertheless emerged triumphant in an intense battle for Judaism's future that unfolded in late medieval and early modern times. Investigation of the reception of the Commentary throws light on issues in Jewish scholarship and spirituality that continue to stir reflection, and even passionate debate, in the Jewish world today.
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Guido Cavalcanti

As Robinson remarks, this commentary is “the foundational work of the ... Samuel ibn Tibbon's Commentary on Ecclesiastes [Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2007], ...

Author: Gregory B. Stone

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429560262

Category: Literary Criticism

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Guido Cavalcanti, Dante’s intellectual mentor, is widely considered among the greatest Italian lyric poets; his famous and notoriously difficult philosophical canzone Donna me prega is often characterized as the most studied lyric poem in Italian literature. This book situates Cavalcanti’s poetry in the context of the Arabic Aristotelian rationalism that entered the Latin West in the 12th century—a tradition marked by questions concerning whether humans can ever transcend their animality. Cavalcanti’s poetry is a focal point where one can view, circa 1300 AD, Arabo-Islamic philosophy in the process of being assimilated and naturalized in Western Europe, eventually leading to values (associated with the Renaissance and the Enlightenment) that we now call modern and secular—in particular, to a notion of human reason as bound up with imagination and with ethical praxis rather than as a means for the attainment of knowledge concerning God and the cosmos. The book features a radically unprecedented interpretation of Donna me prega, starkly opposed to all previous accounts: far from treating love as a threat to reason that would best be eliminated, the canzone praises loving as the essential operation of rational human flourishing. This study of Cavalcanti serves as a prelude to the formulation of a new paradigm for understanding Dante’s Comedy.
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Language Eros Being

In the introduction to his commentary to the Song, Moses Ibn Tibbon states ... 127–130) corresponds to a comment in Samuel's commentary on Ecclesiastes, ...

Author: Elliot R. Wolfson

Publisher: Fordham Univ Press

ISBN: 9780823224203

Category: Religion

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This long-awaited, magisterial study-an unparalleled blend of philosophy, poetry, and philology-draws on theories of sexuality, phenomenology, comparative religion, philological writings on Kabbalah, Russian formalism, Wittgenstein, Rosenzweig, William Blake, and the very physics of the time-space continuum to establish what will surely be a highwater mark in work on Kabbalah. Not only a study of texts, Language, Eros, Being is perhaps the fullest confrontation of the body in Jewish studies, if not in religious studies as a whole. Elliot R. Wolfson explores the complex gender symbolism that permeates Kabbalistic literature. Focusing on the nexus of asceticism and eroticism, he seeks to define the role of symbolic and poetically charged language in the erotically configured visionary imagination of the medieval Kabbalists. He demonstrates that the traditional Kabbalistic view of gender was a monolithic and androcentric one, in which the feminine was conceived as being derived from the masculine. He does not shrink from the negative implications of this doctrine, but seeks to make an honest acknowledgment of it as the first step toward the redemption of an ancient wisdom. Comparisons with other mystical traditions-including those in Christianity, Buddhism, and Islam-are a remarkable feature throughout the book. They will make it important well beyond Jewish studies, indeed, a must for historians of comparative religion, in particular of comparative mysticism. Praise for Elliot R. Wolfson: "Through a Speculum That Shines is an important and provocative contribution to the study of Jewish mysticism by one of the major scholars now working in this field."-Speculum
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