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Shar Al-Dalāla: A Commentary To Maimonides’ Guide From Fourteenth-Century Yemen

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This chapter presents some preliminary observations on the most widely diffused commentary to the Judaeo-Arabic text, produced within the community maintained the longest and most intensive tradition of study of the Dalāla: Sharh al-Dalāla of the Yemenite savant Zekharya ha-Rofé. Maimonides discusses his motivations for writing the book and the goals that he wishes to accomplish, and where he gives some hints about his method of exposition: the most noteworthy aspect of Zekharya's exegesis is his flagrant disregard for some of the clearest statements that are found in the Guide. The chapter turns briefly to the sources that may have been utilized by Zekharyah in his commentary. It takes up the question of the text of the Dalāla; does the Judaeo-Arabic version that serves as the basis for Zekharya's commentary differ in any significant way from the textus receptus?.

Keywords: Judaeo-Arabic text; Maimonides; Sharh al-Dalāla; Zekharya's commentary



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