Originally published in The Heythrop Journal, A Quarterly Review of Philosophy and Theology, 34:2 (1993), p. 231.
Maimonidean Studies: Vol. 1. Edited by Arthur Hyman. Pp. 222.42, New York, Yeshiva University Press. 1990, $35.00.
The works of Maimonides (1135-1204) have attracted to them through the ages a host of commentaries and super-commentaries but it was not until the last century that the life and works of the great teacher received a proper assessment by the method of scholarly historical investigation. Since then there has been published a spate of books and articles through which Maimonides has once again come to life, so to speak. The work proceeds, to which this first volume of Maimonidean studies is a significant contribution.
Among the learned articles by experts in the field, mention should be made especially of ‘Abrabanel on Maimonides’ Critique of the Kalam Arguments for Creation’, by Seymour Feldman; ‘Maimonides’ Influence on Karaite Theories of Prophecy and Law’, by Daniel J. Lasker; ‘The Theory of Time in Maimonides and Crescas’, by T. M. Rudavsky; and ‘Religion and Philosophy: The Scholarly Debate between Julius Guttmann and Leo Strauss’, by Eliezer Schweid. David R. Lachterman provides a comprehensive bibliography of Maimonidean studies from 1950 to 1986, inviting readers to add to it for later volumes in the series. In addition to the articles in English, there are two in Hebrew. We learn from the Editor’s Preface that this series is to be published annually and students of this excellent volume will look forward to the further installments while offering their congratulations.