Guía de Perplejos — Maimonides
By Jesús R. Velasco | Published on September 11, 2019
- Maimonides, Guía.
- Maimonides, Guía. 15th C Manuscript BNE Mss/10289
- Maimonides, Guía. 15th century mss. Transcription.
- JRV, La producción del margen
We will be focusing on Maimonides’s dedication and introduction to his own work (until page 65 of the suggested edition). The dedication establishes the main reason and the conditions of possibility of the work itself, while the introduction lays out the main concepts that will establish heuristic and hermeneutical rules, as well as the possible distribution and understanding of the work itself. The edition I am attaching is the following one:
- Maimónides. Guía de perplejos. Ed. David Gonzalo Maeso. Madrid: Trotta, 2015.
You can also consult the following English translation, with a rich introduction and notes:
- Maimonides. The Guide of the Perplexed. Ed. Shelomoh Pines. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1963.
Pedro de Toledo produced a Spanish translation of the text in the fifteenth century, in 1419 (parts 1 and 2, translated in Zafra) and 1432 (part 3, translated in Sevilla), for the library and studium of Gómez Suárez de Figueroa, Lord of Zafra. It’s extant in one single manuscript now held at the Biblioteca Nacional de España, Madrid (MSS/10289). Have a look at the first pages of the manuscript and the transcription. We will pay some attention to that during the seminar. I gave an idea about this text in my article “La producción del margen” (also attached as a pdf).