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Ibn Ezra, Abraham (1089–1164)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-J007-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Article Summary

The philosophy of Ibn Ezra attained broad influence in Jewish literature through his Bible commentaries, included to this day in rabbinic Bibles. Born in Tudela, Spain, he was forced in later life (1140 until his death) to wander widely, at length settling in Rome and Lucca, where he composed some of his greatest works. A friend and, by some traditions, son-in-law of the poet-philosopher Judah Halevi, whom he mentions occasionally, he was himself a poet and wrote prolifically on grammar, exegesis, philosophy, medicine, astronomy and astrology. The many editions and manuscripts of his works attest their popularity, and some, especially on astronomy and astrology, were translated into Latin and then into French, Spanish, English and German.

Citing this article:
Jospe, Raphael. Ibn Ezra, Abraham (1089–1164), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-J007-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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