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    Saadiah Gaon [Hebrew Text:] Sepher Aemunoth. Vehade'oth.Scepher Aemunot sive liber De Capitibus Fidei auctore Celebri R. Schehadiah; principe olim Judaeorum in Persia. Scriptus Arabice an. 873.Hebraice an. 1186 translatus a R. Juda Ben Tibon: Thessalonicae impressus ante annos 85. ac nunc recusus. Amsterdam: David de Castro Tartas for Joseph ben Israel, 1647. 4to. ¹1 (Latin t.p.),[1-13]4,[14]2. [3],4-53ff= 106pp. Contemporary limp vellum, soiled, lacks ties; stamps of Jew's College, London; some corners bent, corner off [2]1 with some loss of text; leaves [11]1-4 torn and repaired, old repair on margins of [12]1, other minor tears and edge wear; some light dampstains. Menasseh ben Israel's device on Latin t.p., Hebrew t.p. with architectural surround. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
    Krown & Spellman retail: $450

    More Information: "Saadiah Gaon (was) a foremost medieval spiritual leader, Talmudist, biblical exegete, and philosopher (882-942). Saadiah was born in Egypt, and lived for a time in Tiberias, after which he was appointed by the exilarch [head of the Jewish community in Babylon], David Ben Zakkai, to be the head of the college at Sura in Babylon, hence the title, Saadiah Gaon. But Saadiah's fame rests on his philosophical work, Emunot De-ot (Beliefs and Opinions), written in Arabic and translated into Hebrew by Judah Ibn Tibbon. This work is the first systematic Jewish theology. It has a special significance as a philosophical defense of rabbinic Judaism by the leading representative of that Judaism of his day. The 'beliefs' in the title are the postulates of the Jewish religion, while 'opinions' are the truths arrived at by empirical investigation and rational reflection. Saadiah takes issue with those who see philosophy as harmful to faith. On the contrary, faith is strengthened when supported by reason. Influenced strongly by the thought of Arabic thinkers who sought in similar fashion to reconcile Islam with philosophical inquiry, Saadiah holds that there are two ways to religious truth, reason and revelation (of the Torah, for Saadiah). Both ways are essential: reason because without it superstitious ideas will proliferate; revelation because not everyone can arrive at the truth by speculation."

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