170 - Gad Freudenthal on Jewish Philosophy and Science

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Leading scholar of medieval Jewish thought Gad Freudenthal joins Peter in a concluding episode on Andalusian thought.



Further Reading

• G. Freudenthal (ed.) Studies on Gersonides: a Fourteenth-Century Jewish Philosopher-Scientist (Leiden: 1992).

• G. Freudenthal, Science in the Medieval Hebrew and Arabic Traditions (Aldershot: 2005).

• G. Freudenthal, “Samuel Ibn Tibbon’s Avicennian Theory of an Eternal World,” Aleph: Historical Studies in Science and Judaism 8 (2008), 41-129.

• G. Freudenthal (ed.), Science in Medieval Jewish Cultures (Cambridge: 2011).

• G. Freudenthal, “Arabic into Hebrew. The Emergence of the Translation Movement in Twelfth-Century Provence and Jewish-Christian Polemic,” in D. Freidenreich and M. Goldstein (eds), Border Crossings: Interreligious Interaction and the Exchange of Ideas in the Islamic Middle Ages, (Philadelphia: 2011), 124-43.

Prof Freudenthal's page on academia.edu (with numerous articles to download)


Xavier on 10 February 2023

Jewish knowledge of Arabic and Latin

I wonder how much the difference between Andalusian Jewish knowledge of Arabic and Christendom Jewish knowledge of Latin is simply down to Arabic being easier to learn for a native Hebrew or Aramaic speaker. Rather than being due to the differing treatment from the majority culture.


After all Hebrew and Arabic are both Afro-Asiatic languages and have a lot in common.

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