Barcelona: Riopiedras Ediciones, 1987. First edition. Softcover. 8vo. 267 pp. Original printed wrappers. Moseh ben Maimon Maimónides. Notas biográficas, introducción, traducción y notas por Judit Targarona Borrás. Topics include the biography of Maimónides, Sefaradism, conversion to Islam, letter to Yemen and it's translation, religious persecution, messianic movement, letter on astrology, letter of the Provençal rabbis and Maimónides answer to it. Illustrated with a black and white reproduction of a diagram. Text in Spanish. Ex library copy with sticker at lower spine, bar code sticker at rear wrapper and ink stamped. Tiny tear on front wrap at corner of spine. Very slight staining to wraps. Wraps in good, interior in near fine to fine condition. vg. Item #25143
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.