Yonatan Shemesh

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Faculty Divinity School Teaching Fellow in the Divinity School and the College

Yonatan Shemesh studies intellectual history and the reception of philosophy and science in medieval Jewish cultures. His research traces texts and ideas that originated in the Islamic world and later transformed the Jewish communities of Christian Europe. Shemesh is a co-editor of Maimonides’ “Guide of the Perplexed” in Translation: A History from the Thirteenth Century to the Twentieth (University of Chicago Press, 2019). His dissertation examines Moses Narboni’s fourteenth-century commentary on Maimonides’ Guide and demonstrates the many ways in which Islamic philosophy shaped the interpretation of the Guide in late medieval Judaism.