Medieval Jewish scholar Moses Maimonides is born in Cordoba. As one of the greatest Jewish scholars and philosophers of the Middle Ages, Maimonides will argue that metaphysics is the greatest possible human activity. Maimonides will make extensive use of Aristotle and become known to Jewish writers as "Rambam," a name derived from the initial letters of Rabbi Moses ben Maimon.
Maimonides will become especially well known for his discussion of the apophatic way of understanding God. The term apophatic comes from the Greek for "denial." This method of coming to know God involves denying everything God is not. Maimonides will write:
"God has no positive attributes ...the negative attributes of God are the true attributes."