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Abba Mari ben Moses ha-Yarḥi (Don Astruc de Lunel)

Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception

Aaron – Aniconism

Volume 1
Editor(s): Hans-Josef Klauck, Volker Leppin, Bernard McGinn, Choon-Leong Seow, Hermann Spieckermann, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric J. Ziolkowski
De Gruyter (Berlin, New York) 2012

A polemicist active in Montpellier in the early 14th century, Abba Mari sought to restrict the use of philosophic allegory in the sermons and writings of scholars in the Jewish communities of Occitania. Through an intensive campaign of letter writing to other Jewish scholars, including a summary statement of his position entitled Sefer ha-Yareaḥ, he promulgated his own conservative Maimonidean philosophic outlook, and elicited correspondence from prominent Jewish scholars throughout Languedoc a…

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