Guide for the Perplexed is a philosophical work by Moses ben Maimon, known as Maimonides (1135–1204). He was born in Cordoba, but lived most of his life in Egypt, and is regarded as the foremost Jewish philosopher of the middle ages. The Guide for the Perplexed was completed in 1190 and was originally written in Arabic. This manuscript is of the Hebrew translation made by Samuel Ibn Tibbon (died c. 1230). It was produced in Spain, around 1350. The text is written in a cursive Spanish hand and adorned with some two hundred illuminations, displaying mostly floral and vegetal designs in vibrant colours.
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- Full title:
- Moreh nevukhim by Maimonides
- c. 1325–1374, Spain
- Manuscript / Illuminated manuscript / Codex
- Moses ben Maimon, known as Maimonides [author], Samuel Ibn Tibbon [translator], Leṿi ben Yitsḥaḳ ben Karo of Salamanca [scribe]
- Usage terms
Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.
- Held by
- British Library
- Or 14061
- Article by:
- Ilana Tahan
- Judaism, Illuminated texts
Using a varied collection of Hebrew manuscripts, Dr Ilana Tahan explores the illumination of Jewish biblical manuscripts, looking at the religious grounds for artistic expression in the Bible, and the differences in styles between manuscripts produced in the Near East and those in Europe.