Linked bibliography for the SEP article "Saadya [Saadiah]" by Sarah Pessin

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Cited Works

  • Saadya, Amânât wal-i‘tiqâdât (The Book of Doctrines and Beliefs), Edition translated by Alexander Altmann in Lewy, H., Altmann, A. and Heinemann, I. Eds., Three Jewish Philosophers. New York: Atheneum, 1985. (Scholar)
  • Saadya, Perush Sefer Yezira, edited by J. Kafih. Jerusalem, 1972.
  • Altmann, Alexander. “Saadya's Theory of revelation:  Its Origin and Background,” in Studies in Religious Philosophy and Mysticism by Alexander Altmann. Ithaca:  Cornell University Press, 1969. (Scholar)
  • Wolfson, Harry Austryn. “The Kalam Arguments for Creation in Saadia, Averroes, Maimonides and St. Thomas,” reprinted in Saadia Anniversary Volume (American Academy for Jewish Research), pp. 198 - 245. New York, 1943. (Scholar)

Primary Sources

  • Amânât wal-i‘tiqâdât (The Book of Doctrines and Beliefs)
    (a) Edition translated by Alexander Altmann in Lewy, H., Altmann, A. and Heinemann, I. Eds., Three Jewish Philosophers. New York: Atheneum, 1985.
    [This is an abridged English translation with notes; this version of Altmann's translation of Saadya's Amânât is also available in a volume by Hackett Publishing Company.]
    (b) Edition translated by Samuel Rosenblatt. Saadia Gaon, The Book of Beliefs and Opinions . New Haven: Yale University Press, 1948.
    [This is a complete English translation based on the Arabic and the Hebrew, and contains some useful indices.]
    (c) Edition edited by L. Landauer. Leiden, 1880.
    [Arabic text (in Arabic characters).]
    (d) Edition edited by J. Kafih. Jerusalem, 1970.
    [Arabic text (in Hebrew characters) with Hebrew translation).]
    (Scholar)
  • Tafsîr Kitâb al-Mabâdî (Commentary on the Book of Creation)
    (a) Perush Sefer Yezira, edited by J. Kafih. Jerusalem, 1972.
    [Arabic text (in Hebrew characters) with Hebrew translation.]
    (b) Commentaire sur le Sefer Yesira par le Gaon Saadya, edited by M. Lambert. Paris, 1891.
    [Arabic text (in Arabic characters) with French translation.]
    (Scholar)
  • Les Ouvres complètes de Saadia b. Josef al Fayyoumi. Ed. J. and H. Derenbourh. Paris, 1893 —.
    [5 volumes of Biblical commentaries; contrary to the name of the series, it is not the complete set of Saadya's Biblical commentaries; originally planned as a 13 volume set, only volumes 1, 3, 5, 6 and 9 were compiled.] [The Arabic texts (in Hebrew characters) with Hebrew translations are available for the Song of Songs, Ruth, Ecclesiastes, Esther, Lamentations, Psalms, Job, and Proverbs in various Jerusalem published editions by J. Kafih, ranging from 1962 to 1976).]
    (Scholar)
  • Saadia's Polemic Against Hiwi al-Balkhî, edited by I. Davidson. New York, 1915.
    [Saadya's polemic against Karaism.]

Secondary Sources (in English)

  • Altmann, Alexander. “Saadya's Theory of Revelation:  Its Origin and Background,” in Studies in Religious Philosophy and Mysticism by Alexander Altmann. Ithaca:  Cornell University Press, 1969. (Scholar)
  • Altmann, Alexander. “Saadya's Conception of the Law”. BJRL 28 (1944): 320-9. (Scholar)
  • Ben-Shammai, Haggai. “Saadya's Goal in his Commentary on Sefer Yetzirah,” in Ruth Link-Salinger, Ed., A Straight Path, Studies in Medieval Philosophy and Culture, pp. 1 - 10.  Washington, D.C.:  The Catholic University Press, 1988. (Scholar)
  • Cohen, B. (ed.) Saadia Anniversary Volume. PAAJR, 1943.
  • Efros, I. “Saadya's Theory of Knowledge”. JQR 33 (1942-3): 133-70. (Scholar)
  • Efros, I. “Saadya's Second Theory of Creation in its Relation to Pythagorism and Platonism”. In Louis Ginzberg Jubilee Volume, New York, 1945, pp. 133-42 (English section) (Scholar)
  • Heschel, A. J. “The Quest for Certainty in Saadia's Philosophy”. JQR 33 (1942-3): 213-64. (Scholar)
  • Malter, H. Saadia Gaon; His Life and Works. New York, 1929.
  • Finkelstein, L (ed.) Rav Saadia Gaon; Studies in his honor. New York: Jewish Theological Seminary, 1944.
  • Rosenthal, E.I.J. (ed.) Saadya Studies. Manchester, 1943.
  • Sirat, Colette. s.v. Saadiah Gaon, in her A History of Jewish Philosophy in the Middle Ages, Cambridge University Press, 1985, pp. 18-37, and 416-18.
  • Pines, S. “Points of Similarity between the exposition of the doctrine of the Sefirot in the Sefer Yezira and a Text of the Pseudo-Clementine Homilies: The implications of this resemblance,” Proceedings of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, VII (3) (1989): 63-141. (Scholar)
  • Wolfson, H. A. “The Kalam Arguments for Creation in Saadia, Averroes, Maimonides and St. Thomas,” reprinted in Saadia Anniversary Volume (American Academy for Jewish Research). New York, 1943, pp. 198 - 245. (Scholar)
  • Wolfson, H. A. “The Kalam Problem of Nonexistence and Saadia's Second Theory of Creation”. In his Studies in the History of Philosophy and Religion, vol. II, Cambridge (Mass.), 1977, pp. 338-58. (Scholar)

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