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Ahabah Ba-Ta'Anugim: A Fourteenth-Century Maimonidean Encyclopedia

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This chapter presents Rambi's distinctive attitude toward Maimonides in Ahabah ba-Ta'anugim. It briefs general exposition on Ahabah ba-Ta'anugim, describes Rambi's attitude toward Maimonides and demonstrates how it is reflected in his discussions of Maimonides' views within the general theme of the encyclopedia. Ahabah ba-Ta'anugim contains three sections. The first one summarizes physics, the second summarizes metaphysics and the third is devoted to theological issues. Rambi is a fiery opponent of anyone who criticizes Maimonides, and he claims that any criticism that arises stems from a misunderstanding of Maimonides' words, rather than from a mistake in Maimonides' thought. An interesting example is the way he deals with Shem Tov Fala-quera's criticism of Maimonides' proof of the existence of God. Rambi is an admirer of Maimonides, and this admiration finds its expression in the general theme of Ahabah ba-Ta'anugim.

Keywords: Ahabah ba-Ta'anugim; Maimonides; Shem Tov Fala-quera's criticism



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