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The Greek Library Of The Medieval Jewish Philosophers

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The pre-Maimonidean period – that is, the ninth through the twelfth centuries – whether in the East in Iraq or the West in al-Andalus, the Greek library of the Jewish philosophers was essentially the same as that of the Muslims. As for the post-Maimonidean period, that is, the twelfth through the fifteenth centuries, the philosophic activity was for the most part carried out in Hebrew. The well-known and significant impact of Plato on medieval Jewish thought appears to be based on Arabic translations of paraphrases, epitomes, and summaries of the dialogues – which were not themselves written as dialogues, on Arabic treatises influenced by these translations, and on a single Hebrew translation of an Arabic commentary on the Republic.

Keywords: Aristotle; Maimonidean period; Medieval Jewish philosophers; Plato



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