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Ibn Ezra, A Maimonidean Authority: The Evidence Of The Early Ibn Ezra Supercommentaries

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Supercommentaries on Abraham Ibn Ezra's commentary on the Pentateuch formed an important genre of post-Maimonidean philosophical literature. This chapter argues that almost all of the extant Ibn Ezra supercommentaries that can be safely dated to the period from 1204 to 1348 were written by philosophers who can be described as "Maimonidean" and who had a stronger or looser connection to the Tibbonide school of Maimonideanism. It first presents some evidence concerning the "canonization" of Ibn Ezra by which the author mean the process that resulted in establishing his commentary on the Pentateuch as an authoritative philosophical text within the Maimonidean tradition. Then, it describes some of the factors that may explain this development. The chapter also presents an appendix on a survey of the early Ibn Ezra supercommentaries.

Keywords: canonization; Ibn Ezra supercommentaries; Maimonideanism; Pentateuch; post-Maimonidean philosophical literature



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