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A Short Note on the Possible Origin of the Title Moreh Ha-Nevukhim / הערה בדבר מקור אפשרי לכותרת 'מורה הנבוכים'

אבנר גלעדי and Avner Gil'adi
Tarbiẕ / תרביץ
כרך מח‎, חוברת ג/ד‎ (ניסן-אלול תשל"ט), pp. 346-347
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23595022
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Abstract

The phrase Dalīl al-Mutaḥayyirin ('The Guide of the Perplexed'), as an attribute of the Almighty, appears at least twice in the major compendium of Abū Ḥāmid Muḥammad al-Ghazzālī (1058–1111), Iḥyā 'Ulūm al-Dīn ('Revival of the Religious Sciences'). It is thus quite possible that Maimonides, who was familiar with the writings of al-Ghazzālī, derived the title of his noted philosophic work, Moreh Ha-Nevukhīm, from the above-mentioned source. If this assumption is correct, it may be postulated that Maimonides was most careful in avoiding an exact identification between the Divine Attribute and the title of his philosophical work by substituting Dalālat al-Ḥā'irīn ('The Instruction of the Perplexed') for the original Dalīl al-Mutaḥayyirin ('The Guide of the Perplexed'). It is apparent that the Hebrew translators of Dalālat al-Ḥā'īrin were not aware of Maimonides' original intention. From the first translation of R. Samuel b. Tibbon onwards, the title of Maimonides' magnum opus in the field of philosophy and theology has been rendered by the Hebrew title Moreh Ha-Nevukhīm ('The Guide of the Perplexed'), which is identical with the above-mentioned Divine Attribute.

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