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Ibn Falaquera, Shem Tov (1223/8–after 1290)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-J018-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Article Summary

A prolific author with a clear and precise Hebrew style, Ibn Falaquera wrote both original works and Hebrew translations of Arabic works of philosophy and science. His writings include encyclopedias, Bible commentaries, the first commentary on Maimonides’ Guide to the Perplexed and, by his own account, some twenty thousand verses of poetry. Unlike Maimonides, who wrote for the intelligentsia, Ibn Falaquera wrote most of his works with the stated aim of raising the cultural level of the Jewish people. Most of his prose works survive, many in multiple editions or manuscripts and several in European translations, a testimony to their popularity. A consistent theme in his works is the harmony of faith and reason.

Citing this article:
Jospe, Raphael. Ibn Falaquera, Shem Tov (1223/8–after 1290), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-J018-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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