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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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Abraham Bibago

Abraham Bibago

(p.165) 7 Abraham Bibago
Dogma in Medieval Jewish Thought

Menachem Kellner

Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on Abraham Bibago (d. c.1489). He served as a rabbi, seminary head, and communal leader in Huesca and Saragossa. Bibago was highly regarded by many of his contemporaries and successors, some of whom used extensive portions of his work without attribution. Bibago completed his most important work, Derekh Emunah (Path of Faith), about 1480. This work is based upon Bibago's contention that human felicity (haẓlaḥah) depends upon intellectual perfection and that there are two separate routes to that goal: the path of philosophic investigation and the path of faith. The path of faith, when coupled with the path of investigation, is superior to the path of investigation alone. On its own, the path of faith is not inferior to the path of investigation. The chapter shows here a position which, while resembling that of Maimonides on the surface, is actually far removed from it.

Keywords:   Abraham Bibago, Derekh Emunah, Path of Faith, human felicity, haẓlaḥah, philosophic investigation, faith, Moses Maimonides

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