Moses Maimonides was one of the most influential writers in Jewish history. Highly educated, he was forced to quit school and become a doctor when his brother died while traveling with the majority of their family’s wealth. Maimonides quickly established himself as one of the best doctors in Egypt, eventually becoming the personal physician to the sultan. As the sultan’s physician, Maimonides was responsible for looking after his entire house. Maimonides reputation as a skilled doctor left him with a never-ending supply of patients, and time for only a single meal per day. Despite his full-time medical practice, his education left him with a passion for understanding and explaining the deeper questions of theology, Jewish law, and ethics. His theological, philosophical, and ethical writings were well received, and he became the head of the Jewish community in Egypt.
Moses Maimonides is one of the few Jewish theologians whose writings penetrated the non-Jewish world. The Guide for the Perplexed explores philosophical and theological issues that appeal to a wide range of faiths and beliefs about God—the nature of God, the origins of the world, the nature of evil, and more. While his impact across cultures was significant, Maimonides’ philosophy and theology resonated with the Jewish community in ways no other writer could. Over 700 years after his death, countless Jews echoed his 12th statement of faith—“I believe with a full heart in the coming of the Messiah, and even though he may tarry I will still wait for him”—as they were forced into Nazi gas chambers.
The Select Works of Moses Maimonides includes a mix of works by Maimonides himself and works by Jewish Maimonides scholars. The collection contains The Guide for the Perplexed, The Eight Chapters of Maimonides on Ethics, Maimonides’ Treatise on Logic, and two biographies on the life of Moses Maimonides.
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Maimonides is perhaps the only philosopher in the Middle Ages, perhaps even now, who symbolizes a confluence of four cultures: Greco-Roman, Arab, Jewish, and Western.
—Vitali Naumkin, director, Center for Arab Studies, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences
Maimonides is the most influential Jewish thinker of the Middle Ages, and quite possibly of all time.
—Shlomo Pines in Time magazine
From Moses [of the Torah] to Moses [Maimonides], there was none like Moses.
—Jewish expression from the Middle Ages
Moses Maimonides (1135–1204) was a rabbi, physician, and philosopher in Morocco and Egypt. His ethical writings on Jewish law establish him as one of the most influential rabbis and philosophers in Jewish history. Today, his writings are still widely regarded as authoritative texts. His other works include a number of medical treatises, Commentary on the Mishna, and the Mishneh Torah.