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

Author: Birnbaum, Ruth
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.

Table of Contents

Table of contents:
Foreword by Allan Lazaroff
1. The Life and Works of Joseph ibn Shem Tov
2. The Aristotelian Legacy
3. The Philosophic quest
4. Kevod Elohim as Apologia
5. The Summum Bonum of Man
6. Immortality
Conclusions; Notes; Appendix; Bibliography; Index