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Dogma in Medieval Jewish ThoughtFrom Maimonides to Abravanel$
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Menachem Kellner

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113218

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113218.001.0001

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From Maimonides to Duran

From Maimonides to Duran

(p.66) 2 From Maimonides to Duran
Dogma in Medieval Jewish Thought

Menachem Kellner

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores the important thinkers who came after Moses Maimonides’ time. During this period there were three basic ways of relating to Maimonides the philosopher, theologian, and halakhist: his work was commented upon, it was subjected to criticism, and it was invoked as an authority. During the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries only five thinkers explicitly contributed to the discussion of creed formulation in Judaism. With the beginning of the fifteenth century the chapter reveals a startling change. While in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries the question of creed formulation was, at best, of peripheral concern to Jewish intellectuals, in the fifteenth century it moved much closer to the centre of the stage. Indeed, with the glaring exception of Maimonides, no Jewish thinker before the beginning of the fifteenth century devoted systematic, self-conscious, and sustained attention to the question of the dogmas of Judaism.

Keywords:   Judaism, creed formulation, Jewish intellectuals, Jewish thinkers, Jewish thought

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