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Ibn Tibbonadoptsan esotericmethodof writingin orderto concealhis trueviews which in this case appearsto havebeenall too effective. It is for this reasonthatmanyof ibn Tibbon's basic philosophicalpositionsremainto be clarified. In Ma 'amarYiqqavuHa-Mayim,it is not alwayseasy to figureout when ibn Tibbonis statinghis own positionor adoptingthatof Maimonides. Here we have an ideal opportunityto assess this questionin that we have an earlierletter in which ibn Tibbonclearly spells out his understanding of Maimonides'position on Job.

108-116. 5. This treatise(hereaftercited as MYH)was edited--somewhatinadequately-byM. L. Bisliches(Pressburg,1837). IbnTibbon'sdiscussionof Job is containedin chapters15-18, pp. 100-117. 6. The solutionis discussedin MYH,pp. 133-135, 143-146. NeitherVajdanor Ravitzky of ibn Tibbon'sviews on attemptsto tackle this difficultissue. A varietyof interpretations creationcan be foundin medievalsourcesandarediscussedby Ravitzkyin "Aristotle'sBook of Meteorology,"pp. 244-250. Ibn Tibbonadoptsan esotericmethodof writingin orderto concealhis trueviews which in this case appearsto havebeenall too effective.

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