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Moslem, Christian, And Jewish Cultural Interaction In Sefardic Talmudic Interpretation

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The general participation of Iberian Jewry in the scholastic culture is very well known. Less well known is the continuing influence the Aristotelian tradition had on Spanish and Sefardic Jewish intellectual life in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, including its most particularly Jewish of activities, the interpretation of the Talmud. There appears a new theory and practice of Talmudic hermeneutic, called 'iyyun, "speculation". There is no question that R. Shmuel Ibn Sid is referring to the same logical tradition which Thomas is using as well, and since this is an aspect of logical theory which does not belong to the common scholastic tradition of Moslems, Christians and Jews but to a particular Iberian Christian Scholasticism, it is equally clear that Ibn Sid and his teachers in Spain were conversant with the best of logical thought of their time and applied it in their theory and practice of talmudic interpretation.

Keywords: 'iyyun; Aristotelian tradition; Christian; Moslem; R. Shmuel Ibn Sid; Sefardic Jewish; Talmudic interpretation



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