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Gersonides

(gərsŏn`ĭdēz) or

Levi ben Gershon

(lē`vī bĕn gûr`shən), 1288–1344, Jewish philosopher, astronomer, and mathematician, called also Ralbag, from the initials of his Hebrew name, b. Languedoc. He wrote scientific works and commentaries on Averroës and the Torah. His Milchamoth Adonai [the wars of the Lord] is an elaborate treatise modeled after the Moreh Nevukhim of Maimonides. It is mainly a systematic criticism of the syncretism of Maimonides. His scientific views remained influential into the 19th cent.
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Levi Gersonides, Gersonides' Commentary on the Torah (Hebrew) (Jerusalem: Exodus, Maaliyot, 1999), vol.
However, since then, he further developed his thesis by publishing numerous articles showing that Spinoza was not only developing the ideas of Maimonides, but also was unique in synthesizing many different competing strands within medieval Jewish philosophy more generally, including those of Abraham Ibn Ezra, Levi Gersonides, and Hasdai Crescas.
In this group, Harvey includes the writings of Abraham Ibn Ezra, Abraham Abulafia, Levi Gersonides, Joseph ibn Kaspi, Isaac Pollegar, Hasdai Crescas, and Abraham Shalom.
Moses Maimonides, Levi Gersonides, Judah Halevi, Saadia Gaon, Hasdai Crescas and their like grappled with some of the most challenging metaphysical issues, while the profundity of their solutions continues to engage philosophers today.