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he was d i f fe re n t from Maimonides, whose in te res ts ,
methodologies, and sources appear to be more limited.51 It is
perhaps the multilayered complexity of Nahmanides’ oeuvre
which slowed the progress of those who wished to study his
works. Thankfully, we have reached the point where this en­
terprise can now continue on firm ground.52
* My friend and colleague Professor Charles Raffel reviewed a draft o f this
paper and made a number o f helpful suggestions.
51. On the blending o f rabbinic cultures and methods in medieval Europe
which occurred in the early thirteenth century, see Septimus,
Culture in Transition
, pp. 46-51, 59-60, and A. Grossman (above, n. 34),
pp. 181-82.
52. Forthcoming published studies on Ramban include David Novak,
The The­
ology of Nahmanides: Systematically Presented,
and Moshe Idel, “Nahmanides
— Kabbalah, Halakhah and Spiritual Leadership.”