There Was None Like Moses
Maimonides: From the Invention of Printing to
the Digital Age
The proverb "From Moses to Moses, there was none like Moses" reflects Maimonides’ vast influence in and beyond the Jewish world.
This exhibition presents publications created around the figure of Maimonides, from the invention of printing and into the digital age, and it shows diverse audiences portrayed their own Maimonides to match their needs and imaginations.
The rationalist philosopher, meticulous legalist, world-renowned physician, and active communal leader may have died more than 800 years ago, but interest in his writings and life has never flagged, among Jews and non-Jews alike, from Yemen and Iraq to Europe and the Americas.
Yet, various publics constructed for themselves a Maimonides that complemented their unique cultural sensitivities, at times imagining a figure very different from who he really was. Legacies have a life of their own, and the author himself does not determine how he will be perceived hundreds of years after his death.
The exhibit There Was None Like Moses is a collaboration of the National Library of Israel and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem with the support of the Maimonides Fund. Concurrently, the Israel Museum is presenting the exhibition Maimonides: A Legacy in Script, which focuses on the unique manuscripts containing his writings.