Moses Ibn ‘Ezra’s “Treatise of the Garden” and Maimonides’ “Guide of the Perplexed”

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 Moses Ibn ‘Ezra’s Treatise of the Garden and Maimonides’ Guide of the Perplexed

By Mauro Zonta

Revista Española de Filosofía Medieval, Vol.12 (2005)

Abstract: The Spanish poet Moses Ibn ‘Ezra (1055-1138 ca.) is also known for a Judeo-Arabic book dealing with philosophical and philological questions, the Treatise of the Garden. In the first part of the Treatise of the Garden Ibn ‘Ezra deals with some key-themes of theology, metaphysics, human physiology and psychology, through the linguistical and terminological examination of some passages of the Hebrew Bible. I try to argue that the general scheme of the work and the treatment of some themes suggest that Moses Ibn ‘Ezra work might be, at least, one of the models employed by Moses Maimonides while writing his Guide of the Perplexed.

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Sharan Newman