Recognized as one of the earliest Jewish Neoplatonist writers, Isaac ben Solomon Israeli (ca. 855-955) influenced Muslim, Jewish, and Christian scholars through the Middle Ages. A native of Egypt who wrote in Arabic, Israeli explored definitions of such terms as imagination, sense-perception, desire, love, creation, and 'coming-to-be' in his writings. This classic volume contains English translations of Israeli's philosophical writings, including the Book of Definitions , the Book of Substances , and the Book on Spirit and Soul . Additionally, Isaac Israeli features a biographical sketch of the philosopher and extensive tes and comments on the texts, as well as a survey and appraisal of his philosophy. Restored to print for the first time in decades, Isaac Israeli will be essential reading for students and scholars of medieval philosophy and Jewish studies.
Alexander Altmann (1906-87) was the founder of the Institute of Jewish Studies and professor at Brandeis University and Harvard University, among other institutions. He authored many books, including Moses Mendelssohn: A Biographical Study. Samuel M. Stern (1920-69) was a senior research fellow of All Souls College and university lecturer in the history of Islamic civilization at the University of Oxford. He coauthored Muslim Studies (v. 1).