Birnbaum, Ruth

About the author: Ruth Birnbaum, faculty member of the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (ret.) is the author of a wide range of articles on medieval and modern Jewish philosophy, history, and general Judaic, published in scholarly journals. She received her PhD from Boston University.

An Exposition of Joseph Ibn Shem Tov’s Kevod Elohim (the Glory of God), a Fifteenth-Century Philosophical Work on the Summum Bonum of Man and the True Happiness
2001 0-7734-7336-X
Written by the 15th-century Spanish-Jewish thinker, Joseph ibn Shem Tov, Kevod Elohim examines the teachings of Aristotle and his commentators and compares for the first time Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics with the Bible. Ruth Birnbaum’s study makes the contents of this work available to scholars who are not familiar or fluent with medieval Hebrew script. It will interest scholars of Jewish medievalia, Aristotelian philosophy, and biblical and rabbinic studies. It makes a significant contribution to the comprehensive study of Jewish history and philosophical thought.