Yemenite Midrash

Philosophical Commentaries on the Torah: An Anthology of Writings from the Golden Age of Judaism in the Yemen

Y. Tzvi Langermann

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May 25, 2010
384 pages, 234 x 156
ISBN: 9780300165319
Paper

International Sacred Literature Trust

The fourteenth to sixteenth centuries were the most vibrant period in the intellectual history of the Yemeni Jews. By rooting themselves firmly in the tradition of the great philosopher Maimonides, they found that the Hebrew Bible contained philosophical truths that are at the core of humanity's highest goal.

In this anthology of midrashim, eight Yemeni authors explore the means of ethical and intellectual achievement, the structure of the universe, the natural world, human existence, prophecy, miracles, Jewish law and practices, and the essence of allegory, parable, and symbol. The result is an extraordinary glimpse into the heart and mind of medieval Yemenite Judaism.

Dr. Tzvi Langermann is chair of Arabic Studies at Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel. He has published extensively on Science and Philosophy in Medieval Jewish and Islamic Cultures, Islamic Astronomy, Jews in Medieval Islam, and Jews in Yemen.

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