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R. Solomon Ibn Gabirol

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R. Solomon Ibn Gabirol lived during the years 1026-1070 and became famous among people through secular and religious poetry, many of which were incorporated into the Jewish prayer book. His philosophical thought had influence on kabbalists. His philosophical works were: The Fountain of Life, The Will ,Theory of the Soul,Commentary, Improvement of the Virtues of the Soul, The Royal Crown. The Fountain of Life has practically no influence in subsequent Jewish philosophy. The book Fountain of Life was the subject of debate; it was enthusiastically defended by neo-Platonic thinkers and was just as vehemently attacked by the Aristotelians while it continued to influence the development of Christian theology. The Royal Crown is Gabirol's greatest philosophical-poetic work. It demonstrates with respect to the conception of God in the first portion of the "Royal Crown" and the conception of creation of the world at the end of the second part.

Keywords: Aristotelians; Christian theology; Fountain of Life ; kabbalists; neo-Platonic thinkers; R. Solomon Ibn Gabirol; Royal Crown



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