Medieval Thought

Jewish philosophy and theology had its greatest flowering in the Medieval period. Philo, Saadia, Maimonides, Albo, Crescas and others laid down the issues, questions, and proposed theologies with which we are still wrestling. This course will explore the most influential writers and leaders of the Jewish middle ages, beginning with Philo and then focusing primarily on Saadia Gaon, Yehudah Halevi,  the RaMbaM and RaMbaN,  contrasting the rationalism of Saadia and RaMbaM with the more mystical approach of Halevi, the poet, and RaMbaN  the mystic.

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