Moses ben Maimon was born in Islamic Spain in 1138, the successor to seven generations of rabbis. He grew up to be a famed physician to the great and humble, and the most important interpreter of Jewish teaching and tradition in a millenium.
Renaissance admirers called him Maimonidies, the name that still graces hospitals and academies around the world today.
Maimonidies has been called Judaism's "proto-humanist", the scholar who struggled to reconcile scripture and Aristotle, religion and science. That is a struggle that goes on today.
Hear about faith, reason, and a new meditation on the great Jewish physician/philosopher Maimonidies.
Sherwin Nuland, author of the new book "Maimonides."
This program aired on December 19, 2005.