MOSES MAIMONIDES: Rabbi, Philosopher, and Physician by Rebecca B. Marcus

MOSES MAIMONIDES: Rabbi, Philosopher, and Physician

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The medievalist as something of a modern (rejecting astrology, anticipating vitamin recommendations, espousing a kind of ecumenicism) but also, and more properly, as a respected scholar, theologian, and physician. Instead of presenting philosophical disputes, the author wisely concentrates on the import of his works and on the impressive reputation he established. Moses ben Maimon, leaving Spain with his family because of the invading Almohades, moved several times before settling in a suburb of Cairo. His publishing began at an early age, his career (but not his training) as a physician began after his brother's death left the family without an income. The Letter of Consolation, Commentary on the Mishnah, Mishneh Torah, and Guide for the Perplexed reflect the problematic concerns of Jews in the 12th century--the question of token conversions to escape persecution and the need for a more accessible assemblage of rabbinic authorities. Before his death he also served as nagid to the Jewish community of Cairo and personal physician to the court. For Saturday, Sunday or Monday school, a sturdy choice.

Pub Date: April 10th, 1969
Publisher: Watts