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Maimonideanism In Leon Modena’s Ari Nohem

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This chapter takes Leon Modena's short statement in his autobiography, written in the spring of 1640, as its point of departure and explores the role of Maimonides in the treatise. It identifies the numerous critics of Maimonides who appear throughout the pages of Ari Nohem and examines the various strategies that Modena uses to defend "the great eagle." The chapter explores Modena's study of the Guide of the Perplexed that repeatedly appears in Ari Nohem, and it offers a profile of the passages in the Guide that Modena advises his prize student, Joseph Hamiz, to reflect upon. It also connects Modena's discussion of two issues to his reading of Maimonides: the history of esoteric secrets and the distinction between Kabbalah and philosophic knowledge. Finally, the chapter discusses the "Secrets of the Torah," an issue that lies at the heart of Modena's defense of Maimonides from his kabbalistic critics.

Keywords: Ari Nohem; autobiography; Leon Modena's short statement; Maimonides



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