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Who was the brilliant Abraham ibn Ezra


Baruch Spinoza Borrowed His Basic Philosophy from ibn Ezra and Maimonides

                  Baruch Spinoza Borrowed His Basic Philosophy from ibn Ezra and Maimonides   Non-Jews consider Baruch (or Benedict) de Spinoza an esteemed philosopher. Many feel that he breathed fresh air into philosophy and helped launch the open-minded enlightenment in the seventeenth century. Rebecca Goldstein, in her 2006 […]

The unorthodox secrets of ibn Ezra

                                                  The unorthodox secrets of ibn Ezra[1]   Anyone who wants to understand the rational philosophy of Abraham ibn Ezra and his method of interpreting scripture needs to read this Hebrew book because Bonfils reveals the ibn Ezra ideas that he hinted at in his commentary but did not reveal explicitly. For example, he […]

A very strange assessment of the Torah

                                                                                            A very strange assessment of the Torah   When Mordecai told Ether that Haman planned to murder all Judeans, Esther requested that Mordecai arrange that all Judeans fast for three days. The book of Esther does not reveal when the fast began. However there is an opinion in the Babylonian Talmud[1] that the […]

Ibn Ezra on Esther – Part 1

                                                                             Ibn Ezra on Esther – Part 1   Ibn Ezra wrote two commentaries on the biblical book Esther. The first published was a short version. His long version was not printed until about 150 years ago.[1] Both contain clever interpretations of the Esther drama. However, he also included some legendary material to add spice […]

Rational and non-rational in ibn Ezra – Deuteronomy

                                                                                              Ibn Ezra in Deuteronomy   I mentioned in my prior essays on the famed thinker Abraham ibn Ezra’s Bible commentaries that although he was generally a brilliant rational thinking, he wasn’t always so, and some of his ideas are not rational. The same phenomenon occurs in his views on Deuteronomy, as seen in […]

Rational and non-rational in ibn Ezra – Numbers

                                                                                                                  Abraham Ibn Ezra in Numbers   As I wrote in prior essays that focused on the brilliant thinker Abraham ibn Ezra’s biblical commentaries on Genesis, Exodus, and Leviticus, there are ibn Ezra views that people will like and others they will not like, and may even feel are irrational. The following are examples from […]

Rational and non-rational in ibn Ezra, Leviticus

                                                                                     Ibn Ezra in Leviticus   I described some rational and irrational views of the brilliant sage Abraham ibn Ezra (born 1089 or 1092 and died at age 75) in my brief essay on his views in the biblical books Genesis and Exodus. We see the same phenomenon of seemingly contradictory views of […]

Rational and non-rational in ibn Ezra – Exodus

                                                                         Ibn Ezra: Strange Interpretations                                                            Exodus     Abraham ibn Ezra (1089-1164) was a brilliant thinker and had views about the Bible that are quite different than most people have today; some ideas were rational, others, as I will show, were not. The following are some of his understandings of the […]

Rational and non-rational in ibn Ezra: Genesis

                                    Ibn Ezra in Genesis   Clerics give sermons and extol certain biblical commentators giving their congregants the impression that whatever the person said was correct even though the commentator, like all of us, also made remarks that were not acceptable. Abraham ibn Ezra (1089-1164) is an example. Some of his interpretations are rational, others […]

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