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Maimonidean controversy

Maimonidean controversy. Jewish controversy (in fact, more than one) centring on the themes discussed by the philosopher Maimonides. Scholars such as Meir Abulafia were appalled by Maimonides' apparent rejection of the doctrine of the resurrection of the dead. A ḥerem (excommunicatory ban) was pronounced on Maimonides' philosophical work. In the West, the controversy was halted by the burning of Maimonides' books by the Christian Dominicans in 1232. It was continued in the East by Maimonides' son, Abraham, although the desecration of Maimonides' tomb in Tiberias was a profound shock to all concerned. This tension between the anti-rationalists and the rationalists continued through the Middle Ages and is to be seen in such disputes as that between Moses Isserles and Solomon b. Jehiel Luria in the 16th cent.

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