Nahmanides


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Nahmanides

(nähmän`ĭdēz), 1194–c.1270, Jewish scholar, exegete, and kabbalist, b. Spain. He wrote commentaries on the Hebrew Bible and the Talmud. A mystic, he rejected part of Maimonides' philosophy but recognized his greatness. He wrote an account of his disputation with the anti-Jewish agitator Pablo Christiani, which took place in the presence of King James I of Aragón. In 1267, Nahmanides settled in Palestine. He is also called Rabbi Moses Ben Nahman (abbreviated to Ramban).

Bibliography

See C. B. Chavel, Ramban (1960).

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Nahmanides (1194-1270) as a ban against even thinking about idolatry.
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Nahmanides on Genesis 1:26 explains, "Na'aseh Adam [Let us make Man] is a 'joint effort' of G-d and nature, whereby nature provides the material aspects of mankind, and G-d provides the spiritual."
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Finally, what would a philosopher, rabbinic sage, and kabbalist like Nahmanides, known as Ramban (1194-1270, Spain), do with this narrative?
1:1), was characterized by the thirteenth-century Bible commentator Nahmanides as denoting yesh me-ayin--creation ex nihilo.
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It is understandable, then, that Ritba preferred to skip over Maimonides and to cite, rather, in connection with the passage in Shabbat, the confessional prayer more recently presented by Nahmanides in his Torat ha-Adam, which the latter claimed to have received from "men of piety and good deeds." That prayer, moreover, was twice the length of the Maimonidean confessional formula quoted above.(14) Its impressive length and alleged pedigree, as well as the fact that it was intended specifically for the deathbed, allowed the confessional prayer of Nahmanides to enjoy considerable influence for several generations, both in Spain and beyond it.(15) The Provengal scholar, R.