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Jewish Philosophy in the Middle Ages: Science, Rationalism, and Religion

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2019.06.18 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews T. M. Rudavsky, Jewish Philosophy in the Middle Ages: Science, Rationalism, and Religion, Oxford University Press, 2018, 305pp., $40.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199580903. Reviewed by Samuel Lebens, University of Haifa To write a book that's accessible to a wide audience, assuming no prior knowledge of Judaism or medieval thought, that contributes new insights to the academic community, and constitutes an intellectual history of Jewish thought from Isaac Israeli (832-932) all the way to Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677), including an important backward glance to Philo (b. 25 BCE), and to do so in a book of just ten chapters of manageable length, seems like an a priori impossibility. And yet T. M. Rudavsky achieves all of these things and more. Rudavsky's ability to combine breadth, depth, and clarity, with concision and relative brevity is close to breath-taking. I have no doubt that this book will be of immense value to teachers of intellectual... Read More

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