The 18th World Congress of Jewish Studies

Isaac ibn Latif’s “Maimonidean” Reasons for the Commandments

There has been something of an Ibn Latif revival over the past 15 years, with foundational textual and conceptual work done in several PhD dissertations. Still much needs to be explored, including the section on ta`ame ha-mitzvot in Book 4 of Sha`ar ha-shamayim. This paper will briefly introduce this (still unpublished) section of the work, focus on a few examples, and reflect on its relationship to the near contemporary work of Samuel ibn Tibbon and Jacob Anatoli. Is Ibn Latif`s work "Maimonidean"? In what sense?