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by Jacob Guttmann
(THE RELIGIOUS-PHILOSOPHICAL TEACHINGS OF ISAAC ABRABANEL) Jacob Guttmann (1845-1919) remains among the most distinguished historians of Jewish philosophy. A pioneer in the modern study of medieval Jewish philosophy, he wrote important exegetical studies of a number of leading medieval Jewish thinkers. In this work he analyzes the basic doctrines of Isaac Abrabanel (1437-1508), one of the great figures produced in the twilight of the long history of Iberian Jewry. Abrabanel was a biblical exegete of note, a practical statesman succeeding his father as treasurer to King Alphonso V of Portugal, and a philosopher of distinction whose views, though not systematically presented in a single, independent, theoretical work, inform his biblical and other writings. He is most notable as a defender of traditional rabbinic doctrine against what he considered the innovations of Maimonides and his heirs. Guttmann admirably mastered Abrabanel's large corpus and presents a clear, organized picture of his position. He first reviews Abrabanel's life and the relation of his philosophical opinions to earlier sources. He then considers Abrabanel's corpus, singling out for special consideration its essential philosophical categories, e.g. the Attributes of God; the Will of God and man; Freedom of the Will; Prophecy; the Soul; the Messiah, etc. In all, this is a complete study which has retained its essential value.
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