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Maimonides' "Guide of the Perplexed" in Translation: A History from the Thirteenth Century to the Twentieth

Josef Stern, James T. Robinson, and Yonatan Shemesh


Moses Maimonides’ twelfth century Guide of the Perplexed is the greatest philosophical text in the history of Jewish thought and a major philosophical work in all three faiths of the Middle Ages. Yet, for almost all of its history, the Guide has been read, commented upon, and criticized in translation rather than in its original Judeo-Arabic. This volume is the first to tell the story of the translations and translators of Maimonides’ Guide and its impact in translation on philosophy from the Middle Ages to the present day. The history focuses on the translators’ understanding of the book as r ... More

Keywords: translation, translators’ lives, consistency, Maimonidean tradition, philosophical vocabulary, impact

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226457635
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226627878.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Josef Stern, editor
University of Chicago

James T. Robinson, editor
University of Chicago

Yonatan Shemesh, editor
University of Chicago

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