Abraham Ibn Ezra: The Creative Thought and Biting Wit of a Medieval Biblical Commentator
48 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2020
Date Written: March 8, 2020
The medieval biblical commentary of Ibn Ezra has generated a wide array of studies within Jewish scholarship, but scant attention has focused on the originality of his insights and his satirical style. This paper attempts to redress this imbalance. The commentary on the Hebrew Bible of this influential exegete is unique in that it relies on knowledge of astronomy/astrology, philosophy, logic and grammar to explain Scripture.
Keywords: Hebrew Bible, Ibn Ezra, Elazar Kalir, “The Secret of the Twelve,” Spinoza, Astrology
JEL Classification: Y80, Z10, Z12
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