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Maimonides

Moses Maimonides

Jewish philosophy is the philosophical inquiry based on texts, traditions and experiences of the Jewish culture. The Old Testament is its most important source.

Important figures are: Philo of Alexandria, Daud al-Muqammas, Isaac Israeli, Al-Fayyumi Saadiah Gaon, Solomon ibn Gabirol, Abraham ibn Ezra, Abu ’l-Barakat al-Baghdadi, Abraham bar Hayya, Abraham ibn Daud, Moses Maimonides (the greatest one), Shem Tov ibn Falaquera, Judah ben Moses of Rome, Levi ben Gershom, Hasdai Crescas, Benedict de Spinoza (the most important of the modern period), Moses Mendelssohn, Hermann Cohen, Franz Rosenzweig, Martin Buber, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Yeshayahu Leibowitz and Isaiah Berlin.

Maimonides developed a comprehensive interpretation of religion and understanding based on Aristotelian principles that was influential in the Christian West as well as among Jewish thinkers... In Judaism, as in Islam and Christianity, religious speculation and philosophy developed in close connection. [1]

The Wisdom of Solomon is a famous ethic book; it was probably written by a Jew in the first century BC.

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