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An unpublished autograph fragment of Mainmonides's Guide of the Perplexed

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 December 2009

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Of maimonides' (1135–1204) prinicpal philosophical work Dalā al-Hāirīn (More Nevuxim) four autograph fragments are known, each from a different Geniza collection:

The first discovery was made at the beginning of the century by H. Hirschfeld, Who identified two unjoined leaves in the Geniza collection of the University Library, Cambridge, and Published them, with photographs, in JQR, xv, 1902–3, 677–81 under the title: ‘The Arabic portion of the Cairo Geniza at Cambridgem IV. Two autograph fragments of Maimonides’ Dalālat al Ḥārin, These leaves cover Book I, chs. 64–65 and Book II, Chs.32–33

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1 On the title ‘Guide of the Perplexed’, see Gil'adi, A., Tarbiẕ, XLVII, 19781979, 346–7Google ScholarLe Musé, 97, 1984, 159–61Google Scholar

2 For autographs of other works of Mainmonides see the list in JSS, 28, 1983, 274–6

3 That it was Chapira and not Mosseri who actually identified these pieces is started by Chapira himself in RÉJ, 99, 1935, 8–9

4 In addition to the photographs published by Sasson, The verso of out manuscript is reproduced in the yearbook 1977–8 of the Encyclopaedia Judaica (Jerusalem, 1979), 107Google Scholar

5 It corresponds to ed. A. S. Yahuda, (Leiden, 1912), 26–8 and ed. y. Qufiḥ (Jerusalem, 1972–3), 36–8.

6 I am grateful to Professor M. Schmelzer, Librarian of the JTS for locating the fragment, sending me a photographic reproduction and granting permission for the text to be published here.

7 B., Chapira, REJ, 99, 1935, II.Google Scholar

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