Rabbeinu Moshe Ben Maimon is one of the greatest Jewish philosophers that ever lived. Born in 1138 in Córdoba, Spain, Musa ibn Maymun was also a physician, astronomer, and theologian. He is most famous for his 14-volume Mishneh Torah, a codification of Talmudic law that remains part of the canon to this day. So great is his renown that the epitaph on his tomb reads, “From Moses to Moses, there has been none like Moses,” comparing him to the Jewish prophet by the same name.
Moses Maimonides is also known for his Moreh Nevukhim, or Guide for the Perplexed. Written as a three-volume letter to one of his students, the work deals with theodicy, and the relationship between philosophy and religion; An argument we rarely see in matters of faith, Maimonides argues for rationality in religion for G-d cannot be irrational or whimsical.
Below are a series of talks on the Moreh Nevukhim given by Dr. Lenn Goodman, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Vanderbilt University, at the Gifford Lecture Series in Scotland. Goodman delves into Maimonides’ use of metaphor and explains the meaning behind the more poetic words of the scriptures, revealing how a great Aristotelian mind such as the Rambam could be such a firm believer in G-d.
The Language of Man
The Act of Creation
The Works of Man
The Account of the Chariot
The Words of the Living God
All five videos combined into one playlist can be found here.