This first definitive biography of Moses Maimonides, one of the most
influential intellects in all of human history, illuminates his life as a
philosopher, physician, and lawgiver.
Recalling such bestsellers as David McCullough’s John Adams and Walter Isaacson’s Einstein, Maimonides is a biography on a grand scale, brilliantly explicating one man’s life against the background of his time.
a physician, Maimonides is associated with Hippocrates as a founder of
modern medicine; his influence in philosophy is equal to that of Plato,
Aristotle, Spinoza, and Kant; in religion, he is as significant as
Moses, Martin Luther, and Saint Augustine; and as a lawgiver, he has
been recognized by the United States Congress as one of the greatest
alongside Hammurabi and Thomas Jefferson.
Now in a dazzling work of scholarship, Joel Kraemer tells the complete story of Maimonides’s rich life. Maimonides
is at once a portrait of a great historical figure and an excursion
into the Mediterranean world of the twelfth century. Joel Kraemer draws on a
wealth of original sources to re-create a remarkable period in history
when Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions clashed and mingled in a
setting alive with intense intellectual exchange and religious conflict.
Born in Muslim-ruled Spain in 1135, Moses Maimonides was deeply
conversant with Arabic philosophy and literature. By the time he was
thirty, he was known for his seminal works on the Jewish practices and
law. In Egypt his training as a physician earned him a place in the
entourage of the great Sultan Saladin, and his books earned him respect
and influenced generations of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish thinkers. Download and start listening now!