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Maimonides—Father And Son: Continuity And Change

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On the contrary, immediately after Moses Maimonides demise and within his own precincts, an important intellectual and spiritual movement was set in motion involving, moreover, Maimonides' direct descendants: Abraham (1186-1237), Obadyah (1228-1265), as well as the last of the Maimonideans known to us, David II b. Joshua (circa 1335-1415). Foremost among them was Maimonides' only son Abraham, a significant portion of whose literary activity was devoted to the elucidation of his illustrious father's doctrine, but not, however, in its philosophical implications. Following the demise of his father in 1204, Abraham was appointed ra'îs al-yahûd, head of Egyptian Jewry, at the tender age of eighteen. There is no doubt that Maimonides' writings overshadowed the gleam of his son's compositions, which, according to his own testimony he began after his father's death.

Keywords: Abraham; Egyptian Jewry; Maimonideans; Moses Maimonides



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