Copenhagen: Ejner Munksgaard, 1956-1961. 4 volumes in 3. Loose sheets. Elephant folios (16"). 56pp.LXI. 784pp. XVIII. 29pp. [Volume 2 and 3 have continous pagination]. Vol. 1. Introductio. Zeraim et Moed. Vol.2.
Naschim et Neziqim. Pars I. vol. 3. Neziqim, Pars II et Qodashim.
This is a facsimile edition of the extant five first parts of Maimonides' commentary to the Mishna in the author's own handwriting. It contains Maimonides' commentary to five of the six Talmud Orders (Zeraim, Moed, Nashim, Neziqim and Qodashim), with one missing (Toharot). Complete as issued. As indicated by the title page, it is a facsimile of autographed manuscripts from the Bodeliana Library of Oxford and the Sassoon Library. Part of a series: Corpus Codicum Hebraicorum Mediii Aevi. Pars I. Illustrated throughout in b/w photographs. Text in Hebrew and English. Contents of photographs in Hebrew and Judeo-Arabic. Binding copy, loose sheets. Sheets in fine condition. vg. Item #15530
R. Moses Maimonides (Rambam) was a 12th century Jewish philosopher and halachic legal scholar. A highly controversial figure, both during his lifetime and after his death, but generally acknowledged as the preeminent Jewish thinker of the Middle Ages. He was born in Córdoba, Spain but fled as a child from the Almohad persecution. He eventually settled in Egypt where he served as a rabbi, physician and philosopher. His fourteen-volume Mishneh Torah, his only work not in Arabic, still carries canonical authority, particularly within the Yemenite Jewish community, as the codification of Talmudic law. His other work includes a commentary on the Mishnah entitled Kitab al-Siraj, Kitab al-Fara'I, a book on precepts, and the philosophical work Dalalat al-Ha'irin, known in Hebrew as the Moreh Nevukhim, The Guide to the Perplexed. The major premise is an attempted philosophical/theological reconciliation of the Hebrew Bible and Greek knowledge. This work came to play a central role in all subsequent major controversies over philosophy within the Jewish community during the Middle Ages.