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Maimonides' "Guide of the Perplexed" in TranslationA History from the Thirteenth Century to the Twentieth$
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Josef Stern, James T. Robinson, and Yonatan Shemesh

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226457635

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226627878.001.0001

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Pedro de Toledo’s Mostrador e enseñador de los turbados

Pedro de Toledo’s Mostrador e enseñador de los turbados

The Christian Reception of Maimonides’ Guide in Fifteenth-Century Spain

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Maimonides' "Guide of the Perplexed" in Translation

Luis M. Girón Negrón

University of Chicago Press

Early on in Alfonso de la Torre’s La Visión Deleytable, the Intellect personified is escorted by Reason and Truth into the palace of Wisdom. The Intellect is introduced therein to a memorable pageant of ancient and medieval philosophical luminaries. Rambam’s pivotal appearance in this gallery—its only Jewish member—is not ornamental. De la Torre’s encyclopedic fable is steeped in Maimonidean doctrine. Maimonides’ Guide is the primary source of De la Torre’s philosophical curriculum. De la Torre’s venerable classic raises an intriguing question for Iberian intellectual history: how could Maimonides become the main philosophical authority for the primary education of a Christian aristocrat in fifteenth century Spain? What is the historical context that allowed Maimonides’ Guide—the Jewish philosophical classic par excellence—to become a central reference in the intellectual life of Christian Spain in the late Middle Ages?

Keywords:   Spanish, Spain, Translation, Literature

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