Nachmanides, Moses (1194–1270). Also known as RaMBaN (Rabbi Moses ben Nachman); lived in Gerona, Spain, north of Barcelona, and died in the Land of Israel. RaMBaN is the earliest biblical commentator to include Kabbalistic hints. Like RaMBaM, with whom he frequently disagreed, RaMBaN was a doctor. He was also a Talmudist and leader of the Jewish community. He represented the Jews in disputations with the Christian community in 1263, his account of which has been dramatized in The Disputation, a BBC production. Shortly after his participation in the disputation, he left for the Land of Israel.
Courtesy: Professor Shai Cherry