Abraham Ibn Ezra: The Creative Thought and Biting Wit of a Medieval Biblical Commentator

48 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2020

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Hershey H. Friedman

Brooklyn College of the City University of New York

Date Written: March 8, 2020

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Friedman, Hershey H., Abraham Ibn Ezra: The Creative Thought and Biting Wit of a Medieval Biblical Commentator (March 8, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3550836 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3550836

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