Gersonides Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)


Kellner, Menachem Marc. “R. Levi ben Gerson: A Bibliographical Essay.” Studies in Bibliography and Booklore 12 (1979): 13-23.

Brief descriptions of many of Gersonides's works. Includes extensive recommendations of other essays for further study.


Freudenthal, Gad, ed. Studies on Gersonides: A Fourteenth-Century Jewish Philosopher-Scientist. Leiden, The Netherlands: E. J. Brill, 1992, 422p.

Includes essays on Gersonides's work in astronomy and mathematics and discusses the relation of his philosophy and theology; selections from this book are included above.

Goldstein, Bernard R. Introduction to The Astronomy of Levi ben Gerson (1288-1344), edited by Bernard R. Goldstein, pp. 1-15. New York: Springer-Verlag, 1985.

Reviews the contributions to astronomy of Gersonides's predecessors and examines his influence on subsequent astronomers.

Harvey, Warren Zev. “The Philosopher and Politics: Gersonides and Crescas.” In Scholars and Scholarship: The Interaction between Judaism and Other Cultures, edited by Leo Landman, pp. 53-65. New York: Yeshiva University Press, 1990.

Contrasts the attitudes toward political involvement held by Gersonides and the medieval philosopher Rabbi Hasdai Crescas.

Kellner, Menachem Marc. “Gersonides and His Cultured Despisers: Arama and Abravanel.” Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies 6, No. 2 (fall 1976): 269-96.

Examines the critiques of two fifteenth-century Jewish scholars—Rabbi Isaac Arama and Don Isaac ben Judah Abravanel—concerning Gersonides's understanding of the nature of miracles.

Manekin, Charles H. Introduction to The Logic of Gersonides: A Translation of Sefer Ha-heqqesh Ha-yashar (The Book of the Correct Syllogism) of Rabbi Levi ben Gershom, edited by Charles H. Manekin, pp. 1-52. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1992.

Examines the development of medieval Jewish logic and comments on Gersonides's originality.

Samuelson, Norbert. “The Problem of Free Will in Maimonides, Gersonides, and Aquinas.” CCAR Journal (January 1970): 2-20.

Analyzes Gersonides's ideas and their implications in regard to the question of human choice.

———. “Gersonides' Account of God's Knowledge of Particulars.” Journal of the History of Philosophy 10, No. 4 (October 1972): 399-416.

Analyzes Gersonides's theories concerning knowledge and essence.

Staub, Jacob J. The Creation of the World according to Gersonides. Chico, Cal.: Scholars Press, 1982, 422p.

Detailed examination of Gersonides's scientific and theological ideas as seen through his writings.

Additional coverage of Gersonides's life and career is contained in the following source published by the Gale Group: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 115.